Pupils rally to raise awareness of commuting dangers
A group of pupils at Stanford Junior and Infant School are working hard to raise awareness of the dangers they face on their daily commute.
Pupils at the Cooper Lane school in Laceby have identified key problem areas.
These include narrow lanes, limited visibility, and congestion caused by parking.
EQUANS has been working with the school to create a School Travel Plan.
This is reportedly including a roadmap of actions to take to improve safety concerns.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, the portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “It is wonderful to see this school and its pupils working to make things better in their community.
“People parking near the school entrances adds an unnecessary danger that these children should not have to face to access education. Alternative parking is available just a short walk away in the village.”
Lani Lamming, the capital project assistant at EQUANS, said: “Having spoken with the school and its students, it became clear that road safety is a major issue for pupils, especially with people parking and maneuvering outside of the school.
“We are currently working with the pupils to provide them with resources to create a road safety leaflet to spread awareness of the issues.”.
New cycling infrastructure has also been installed within the school to provide safer parking for bicycles and scooters.
Students at the school have also been given hi-vis vests to wear when traveling around the village.
Leona Hackfath, the headteacher at Stanford Junior and Infant School, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of the pupils involved in this project. They have used this opportunity to highlight the dangers they see every day and want to do something positive to make things better for future pupils and the whole village.”.
An idea that could certainly benefit many schools in the area, as congestion and road dangers are prominent.