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Local councillor backs campaign for school crossing

A MUM’s campaign for a zebra crossing on the ‘dangerously busy’ road outside her children’s school is gathering momentum.

A MUM’s campaign for a zebra crossing on the ‘dangerously busy’ road outside her children’s school is gathering momentum.

Jo Powell began a petition for the crossing after fearing for her children’s safety as they struggled to cross the ‘increasingly difficult’ Cranmore Boulevard.

The mum-of-four said the road was “like a rat run” in the mornings but the worst time was midday, when there are no lollipop ladies to help parents and their little ones return from nursery.

“There are speed bumps but they just seem to fly over them,” said the 36-year-old, from Stratford Road.

“I have had to put myself at risk by standing in the middle of the road to allow other pedestrians to cross.”

Jo, who runs her own wedding services business, said she was particularly concerned after 88-year-old pedestrian Betty McCulloch was killed in a collision further up the road in 2009.

“The crossing installed by the council is too far up the road to be practical to most of Cranmore Infant Schools’ pupils and parents.

“I am worried it will take another death on Cranmore Boulevard for the council to build another zebra crossing.”

Coun Peter Doyle (Con, Shirley South) has thrown his weight behind the campaign and has pledged to present the petition, which already has 150 signatures, to council next month.

“I was concerned about the consultation carried out in summer 2007 which looked into the feasibility of an additional crossing on Cranmore Boulevard,” he added.

“I went along there the other day to meet parents at noon and traffic was non-stop. I had my one-year-old daughter in the pushchair and I struggled to cross the road.”

Cranmore Infant School headteacher, Rebecca Ward, is also supporting Ms Powell’s campaign.

A Solihull Council spokesman said they would be “reviewing the situation” in light of the petition.

Visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/zebra-crossing-at-cranmore-infant-school-cranmore for more information.

 

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