Finally - pupils set for a safe crossing

Carterknowle Junior School pupils and head Carole Staniland hoping their long wait for acrossing is over
Carterknowle Junior School pupils and head Carole Staniland hoping their long wait for acrossing is over
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Work on a long-awaited zebra crossing to improve safety outside a Sheffield school is set to begin after a 12-year fight.

Campaigners have been waiting for the measure outside Carterknowle Primary School on Carterknowle Road since 2002, when the first of three petitions calling for the improvement was submitted to Sheffield Council.

The most recent petition was signed by 244 people concerned about the safety of children travelling to and from lessons because cars travel too quickly and do not stop for youngsters.

Residents were consulted in 2011 about a scheme to be funded by the South Community Assembly – only for it then to be shelved because of a reduction in funding.

Today a meeting at Sheffield Council could finally confirm the stamp of approval for the revived £115,000 crossing.

Headteacher Carole Staniland told The Star: “We have been campaigning for this for a long time and we do really want it, we need it to keep our children safe.

“Drivers use the road at very fast speeds, even though there are speed bumps, and there is a lot of traffic here at rush hour.”

The crossing will be built over the summer and completed by September, when parking services will take enforcement action against anyone parking illegally.

Nether Edge Coun Nasima Aktar, also a school governor, said: “It has been a fight for ten years so it is great to have it finally happen.

“It will change a lot of the parents’ concerns about safety.

“The road has got a lot busier because people use it as a short cut from Abbeydale Road.”

Coun Leigh Bramall and officers in the highways cabinet member decision session today must also consider recent objections from two residents.

The residents say that the relocation of bus stops as part of the scheme will mean their struggle to park near their homes will be compounded.

The report said: “There is little doubt the introduction of a zebra crossing will be welcomed by the school community. Even those who have objected do not oppose the crossing itself, rather the repositioning of bus stops.”

The crossing will be funded through a local transport plan.