Heads back MP in speeding call

Speed call: MP Caroline Flint.
Speed call: MP Caroline Flint.
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HEADTEACHERS at schools across Doncaster have banded together to back a campaign to lower speed limits outside schools.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, backed by a string of heads, is spearheading a move to cut the limit to 20mph on roads outside and near the town’s schools.

She said: “More than 30 schools have already contacted me in support of this proposal and the response has been an overwhelming yes.

“Of course we need to educate drivers and pupils about road safety and, of course, the crossing patrols are valued, but if we are going to change the road safety culture then we can start by making drivers think.”

She has even coined the slogan ‘School Ahead – 20’s plenty’ to press home the message of a reduced speed limit.

Hayfield Lane Primary headteacher Chris Round is backing the plan and said: “We fully support the proposals to reduce speed limits near our school.

“It is a huge concern to us, especially after a pupil was knocked off his bike just before half term.

“We know that many cars speed past our school, as our school council has checked traffic speed with the police in the past.”

Kevin Flint, headteacher of Dunsville Primary School, said: “Some of our parents were very worried and when we employed the handheld speed cameras we found a lot of cars travelling way over the speed limit. We would really welcome a 20mph speed limit near the school.”

Simon Martin, headteacher of Castle Academy, Conisbrough, said: “I conducted a survey of parents and the results were that 92 per cent welcomed the proposals to reduce the speed limit near schools. For several years we have expressed concerns, especially about the main Mexborough to Doncaster Road, without success.”

Vilma Orchard, headteacher of Grange Lane Infant Academy, Rossington, added: “We would welcome the proposal for schools to have lower speed limits. Every year we do speed awareness with the pupils and they make up signs to encourage drivers to act responsibly near our school.”

Ms Flint has called on Mayor Peter Davies to support the plan and added: “The Mayor knows 20mph zones are not expensive. Schools are now making their voice heard and it’s time he acted.”