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School steps row at Trimley school

PUBLISHED: 22:10 04 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

THE battle over a new school entrance which many say is proving dangerous and is putting children at risk is set to continue.

The steps leading into Trimley St Mary primary school were built without permission during the summer holidays - before any protests could be made.

THE battle over a new school entrance which many say is proving dangerous and is putting children at risk is set to continue.

The steps leading into Trimley St Mary primary school were built without permission during the summer holidays – before any protests could be made.

Suffolk County Council has now belatedly given the entrance consent.

Trimley St Mary Parish Council is angry that its views were not taken into account and believe the objections it made are now proving true.

Councillors have observed far less parents and children using the crossing patrol outside the 400-pupil school because they don't want to walk up to the lollipop lady, cross and then walk back down the road again to the new entrance steps.

Councillor Jean Harper said: "These steps are encouraging people to cross away from the crossing patrol – instead, they just cross opposite the steps or at the top of Station Road.

"It is very dangerous. There is a bus shelter, and it is choc-a-bloc there with cars double parked and parents letting them out of the doors on either side without even getting out the car to supervise.

"I cannot understand parents these days – they just don't seem to be able to walk anywhere. If it was up to me, I would not allow any cars to park on High Road. One of these days there will be an accident on the A14 and all the traffic will be diverted through the village and in this situation a child will be killed."

Other councillors questioned why the school needed another entrance. They said a barrier should have been put across the main vehicle entrance between 8.45am and 9.15am to prevent parents and staff pulling in and out in their cars, and let children walk in that way.

The parish council is to write to the county development control sub committee to reiterate its view that the steps are in a dangerous location and should not have been built until without permission, which prevented the issues being examined.

They are also writing to county road safety officer Mike Mottram to make him aware of the situation.

The school has another pedestrian access on High Road just the other side of its driveway and felt the new one would provide easier access for children from the east side of Trimley.

Headteacher Mike Jude has said it is working "extremely well" and its being supervised and monitored, with children encouraged to walk the few extra yards to the crossing patrol and back.

"The car park is a dangerous area for small children and an accident-in-waiting and is the prime reason for this change. We have had two near misses with cars reversing and young children and felt it was time something was done," he said.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcc.gov.uk

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