Hello, I'm the parent of a child at Chestnut Grove. I also live by the school. We are very concerned about this issue and speeding traffic. I have organised a speedwatch on Chestnut Grove. Unfortunately, the 20 mph limit is not adhered to once the roads are traffic light. It's not a road I can allow my 12 year old to cross on her own as the cars whizz down it. I'm terribly saddened to hear your post. My child and her friends certainly don't believe that they own the road. It's not really how 11 - 12 year olds approach the world. They simply want to get to school safely. I'm completely terrified of my child being hit by a speeding car as she walks home. We love our school and our children. I'd like to invite you to take this walk with us .one day to experience it from a pedestrian's perspective. It can feel very different. Building tolerance is the way forward for pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers to co-exist safely.Bunnypigeon1 wrote:I’m not one to get annoyed easily but this has annoyed me greatly. I drive up and down that road all the time at school leaving time and the problems are 100% due to the children’s behaviour. They behave like they own they road, they walk in the middle of it, ignore cars completely, ‘play’ push each other into the road. It’s shameful! Again, the buck stops with the parents- if they raise children who behave like this, no traffic calming measures in the world are going to help.
Hello, the road awareness of an 11 year old is significantly less evolved than with a 16 year old. The incidents have all been with Year 7, that first year having independence to walk to school, and cross busy roads alone. I walk there with my daughter each day, and thankfully we don't have to do Boundaries Road. Sometimes cars do stop at the roundabout to let children cross, but mainly they don't and the kids have to take their chances on seeing a gap. They want to get to school on time, as much as people want to get to work on time. The pavement is so narrow and there is so much foot traffic for the three schools in that space, plus the tube and shops. We'd specifically like the shops to keep the pavements clear, as the A boards cut the pavement in half.Jen66 wrote:I do think some of the demands being made in petition are a bit daft.
Removal of litter bins? That's just going to lead to loads more littering - already a huge problem in the area, mostly due to the children from the school.
A designated person to help them cross the road? I would hope that 11-16 year old could cross a road by themselves.
And that stretch of road already has two mini roundabouts in the space of a few feet so I'd also question whether traffic calming measures are needed.
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