Councillor’s fear for children

PUBLISHED: 12:37 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:54 06 May 2010

Last week’s Hitchin Comet highlighting a headteacher’s concerns over new traffic calming measures outside her school

Last week’s Hitchin Comet highlighting a headteacher’s concerns over new traffic calming measures outside her school

A COUNCILLOR has said he fears for the safety of children on a stretch of road outside a school. Last week Karen Ireland, the headteacher of the Mary Exton JMI School in St Michael s Road, Hitchin, told The Comet recent £150,000 road improvements carried

A COUNCILLOR has said he fears for the safety of children on a stretch of road outside a school.

Last week Karen Ireland, the headteacher of the Mary Exton JMI School in St Michael's Road, Hitchin, told The Comet recent £150,000 road improvements carried out by Hertfordshire Highways on the road outside her school had not cut speeding.

Now Hitchin councillor Bernard Lovewell admitted he was concerned about children's safety.

He said: "The road changes near the school are something that does really concern me, particularly with regards to the safety of the children and the safety of pedestrians generally.

"All parties want to make sure the safety of the children is paramount but at the moment I think it is not a safe environment for kids but I think that can be changed. It is just too chaotic at the moment."

Last week a Hertfordshire County Council spokesman said there was still work to be done but this week admitted the road changes have not been a complete success.

The spokesman said: "In this case, the speeds of vehicles going towards Great Wymondley have not reduced as we had hoped, though we have been more successful with cars going the other way.

"This is because vehicles travelling towards Great Wymondley are able to take too straight a line, rather than having to go slower round the roundabout. We will soon be modifying the standard roundabout layout to help drivers to reduce their speeds."

The council is working with the police who are carrying out radar speed checks in order to encourage slower vehicle speeds.

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