Petition launched for new safety barrier at Ottery Primary School
PUBLISHED: 13:23 03 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:23 03 November 2017
‘Near misses’ have prompted nearly 270 people to sign a petition to install a new safety barrier outside Ottery Primary School.
Parent Veryan Young started an online campaign last week calling on Devon Highways to consider putting a railing in Yonder Street to prevent children going into the road.
The mum-of-two has been backed by residents and fellow parents who said without a barrier an accident is waiting to happen.
Mrs Young said: “There have been a number of near misses at pick up time, with children running out of the bottom exit from the primary school straight on to the road. There is currently no barrier to stop them doing this.
“Whilst we all encourage our kids to be traffic aware, we as grown ups should surely be doing all we can to protect them in case they forget to stop.
I wasn’t surprised at all [for support for the petition], more than 400 kids go to the school and probably half of them use that exit.
Mrs Young contacted the school and Devon Highways about the possibility of putting in a railing to prevent children running into the road in September and has received the backing of the headteacher Mark Gilronan.
Mrs Young added: “We have nearly had 300 signatures and that is without really trying. I just think someone is going to get run over and I would rather it wasn’t anyone’s children.
“You can teach the kids about road safety and do all you can to prevent it but a partial barrier can help; it’s a preventative step.
“Something will happen if it doesn’t get put up. We just need a railing between the pavement and the road.”
A Devon County Council spokesman said: “We have worked closely with the school for a number of years to maintain the safety of the staff and pupils.
“We will consider the proposal once we have received it and had the opportunity to discuss it with the school and the local county councillor.”