Chesterfield mum raises school walk concerns

Valentina Sarno with her daughter Maggie. Picture: Andrew Roe.
Valentina Sarno with her daughter Maggie. Picture: Andrew Roe.
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A mum is seeking to highlight the dangers of the walk to school.

Valentina Sarno said she and her daughter face a number of challenges on their way to Arkwright primary every day.

She has voiced her concerns during International Walk to School Month this October.

Valentina, of Top Road, Calow, said: “One morning we were nearly run over by someone who had dashed around a bend when the lights had only just turned red.

“I see a lot of drivers using their mobiles and speeding.

“What’s more, there are cows in a farmer’s field and they are extremely aggressive – they run towards us.”

Valentina said she is considering starting a petition to raise awareness about the dangers – and help push for change.

She added:“If we can’t come up with a solution, we will be taking the bus.”

The charity Living Streets is urging Derbyshire families to walk to school to tackle the growing levels of inactivity among children.

Julia Crear, regional director at Living Streets, said: “Many of us need to start moving more and walking to school is a free and achievable way to fit more activity into a family’s day.”

Derbyshire County Council said there are a number of benefits of walking to school, including the fact it is a way of reducing traffic and creating cleaner air.

For more information about Living Street’s campaign, visit