20th Nov, 2017

Concerned parents call on council to review speed signs in busy school area

Shaun Reynolds 24th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CONCERNED parents are calling on Coventry City Council to take action on Hockley Lane amid concerns about the speed of oncoming cars.

A petition launched on July 8 had already gathered the signature of 400 residents calling on the Council to carry out a full assessment of the area to ensure safety is made a priority.

The area in question is currently home to three educational sites – a pre-school playgroup, St Andrews Primary School and Eastern Green Junior School nearby Sutton Avenue.

Councillors Julia Lepoidevin, Peter Male and Gary Ridley are backing the campaign and gathered signatures for the petition during the school run on Friday afternoon.

Since the issue has been raised to the Council, a lollipop lady has been provided to make crossing the road safer for residents.

However Coun Ridley told The Observer he still wants a thorough assessment of the area to take place.

He added: “There was a mix of parents and councillors out on Friday morning getting people to sign the petition to ensure residents, parents and pupils in the Hockley Lane area can be safe when walking in the area – particularly during rush hour.

“Something needs to be done, the traffic is coming from a rural setting and it’s flying by – we’re calling on the council to do a proper assessment and hopefully make the area safe.

“It’s a unique situation as there’s a school and playgroup on one side of Hockley Road and another school on the other side – in some situations parents have to walk across the road where traffic can be dangerous.”

Coun Julia Lepoidevin said: “We’ve visited the site and its clear that many motorists aren’t obeying the speed limit.

“It’s possible they don’t realise the speed limit is 30mph as they enter Hockley Lane from a rural setting.

“We’ll be supporting this petition and asking the council to take action as soon as possible.”

Coun Peter Male said: “Every morning many children walk to school along Hockley Lane – we’re calling on the council to explore potential road safety options so we can find a way forward that’s suitable for everyone.”

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