Mum fears for children’s safety outside Chesterfield school

Meghan Ashworth, left, with supporters of her petition to improve road safety outside Newbold Church of England Primary School. Picture by Anne Shelley.
Meghan Ashworth, left, with supporters of her petition to improve road safety outside Newbold Church of England Primary School. Picture by Anne Shelley.
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A mum is spearheading a campaign for more road safety measures outside a school in Chesterfield.

Meghan Ashworth fears it is only a matter of time before a child is knocked down on Cranborne Road outside Newbold Church of England Primary School.

The mum-of-two claims the road is blighted by speeding drivers and heavy traffic and has now launched a petition urging Derbyshire County Council to take action.

Meghan, who is also a governor at the school, said: “My aim is to have ‘slow down’ signs and flashing warning lights.

“It’s a worrying situation at the moment because there’s heavy traffic, a lot of bad parking and some speeding motorists on the road.

“I’m worried about children’s safety which is why I’ve started this petition.

“A lot of other parents also share my concerns.

“I want people to sign it and I want the council to do something about the situation,” she added.

The petition has so far attracted almost 100 signatures.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Newbold Church of England Primary School has a school crossing patrol on Cranborne Road.

“Unfortunately, the member of staff is currently not at work.”

The Derbyshire Times asked the council if it would like to comment on Meghan’s calls for more safety measures and whether it would consider her petition.

The spokesman responded: “We don’t think it’s appropriate to comment further.”

The council’s website states its response to a petition will depend on what it asks for and how many people have signed it.

It may respond by taking the action requested in the petition, considering it at a council meeting or holding a public meeting, among other things.

Sign Meghan’s petition by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/have_your_say/Petitions