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Safety fears for Balsham school

Head teacher Nichola Connor with deputyhHead Helen Loe, and pupils starting road safety campaign after a couple of near misses outside the school.

Head teacher Nichola Connor with deputyhHead Helen Loe, and pupils starting road safety campaign after a couple of near misses outside the school.

 

A head teacher has spoken out over fears for road safety outside her school – with children having book bags knocked out of their hands by cars.

Nichola Connor who is head of The Meadow Primary School in High Street, Balsham, says she is working with local groups, parents and the police to try and tackle the issue.

The problem is the road outside the school which she says is a rat run.

She said: We have had a huge problem recently with cars parking dangerously around school, including on the zig zag lines, cars mounting the pavements and children having book bags knocked out of their hands.

“There was an accident recently on the road outside the school involving two cars but it was nothing to do with our parents. The cars try to squeeze past one another and mount the pavements so that sometimes the children have to squash against a wall.”

She said she wanted to publicise the problem so road users could understand what an issue it is for the school and its children.

“Our Parent Voice group worked with me to plan a road safety week involving the police doing speed traps in the village.

“All week the children were carrying out traffic surveys and the whole school, 260 children, walked through the village to promote safe driving, and identifying places to park safely if they have to travel in a car,” she said.

“I caught the school bus on a few occasions to experience those children’s journeys in, and we also had a visit from the Cambridge road safety officer.

“A group of children and parents also walked from West Wratting to Balsham – it took them 40 minutes – with maps for the children to follow and helium balloons so cars could see them coming.

If we can educate one person and prevent an accident then it has been worth it,” she added.

 

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