Petition launched by parents to get crossing outside school in Wetherby

St James Church of England Primary School in Wetherby. (S)
St James Church of England Primary School in Wetherby. (S)
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Parents at Wetherby St James Primary School are fighting for a pedestrian crossing outside the school after some frightening near misses.

One parent, Joanne Hemingway, spoke at this week’s town council meeting about her concerns and presented a petition to the council, signed by several others.

She said children have almost been hit and the lollipop lady who currently patrols outside the school has had her stick knocked by a passing car.

She also said cars often drive up onto the kerb and one driver parked across the crossing place this week.

The school’s headteacher Pamela Edwards said: “The school governors are leading this, though I will say that we do have a problem and they are trying to sort it out.”

Town Coun Galan Moss, who is also a school governor, said: “The situation at the school is a bit frightening with the traffic down there.

“The town council are fully supportive of what the parents are trying to do and we are trying to arrange a meeting with the highways engineer to see if we can push it forward.”

Leeds County Council (LCC) confirmed after the meeting that following concerns raised to their highways department they have agreed to place a traffic regulation order outside the school to enforce the advisory zigzag lines that are already in use.

A spokesperson said: “We have also agreed to put in some double yellow lines to stop people parking and we have agreed to do a further survey.

“We have previously had no requests for a crossing at the school and this action is the result of conversations flagging up the issue with highways over the past few days.”

Wetherby Coun Gerald Wilkinson (Con) agreed to take the matter forward with LCC and said he will be arranging the meeting with the engineer to progress any plans.

He also agreed with the measures LCC are planning to implement in the near future.

“Those measures will certainly help and I couldn’t agree more. I hope they will have the desired effect,” he said.

“Drivers will have to observe the yellow lines and if they don’t the police will clamp down on them.

“When they first put a 20 mile an hour speed limit near the school it included a raised platform near the crossing that ward members were not keen on. Now we will have to look at something else.”