COUNCILLOR Ted Richards has hit back over suggestions that the council is not doing enough to protect children walking and cycling to school.
Former government minister, David Jamieson, who is now in the running to be a Solihull Councillor, had expressed dismay over Solihull Council’s ‘Safer Routes to School’ plan.
Mr Jamieson said he would like to see more schools in the north included in the scheme.
“In the north of Solihull a child is three times more likely to be killed in a road accident than in the south. So why is Solihull Council focussing most resources in its ‘Safer Routes to School’ programme in the south? Funding should go to where the casualties are greatest.”
All but one of the strategies contained in the plan, which include 20mph limits outside the school gates, are for the south of the borough.
Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure refuted suggestions that the council was not doing enough.
“We are doing an awful lot as a local authority,” he said. “Our record of child casualties is low because of child safety measures we have already implemented.”
“The five schools in the area [with the 20mph limits outside] are the ones in the most need.”
Chelmsley Wood ward currently has the third highest rates of road casualties involving children behind the St Alphege and Meriden wards.