Speeding drivers cause concern for kids

TWO headteachers at primary schools in Ipswich have today voiced their fears over speeding drivers.Colin Tapscott, headteacher of Gusford Primary School, in Sheldrake Drive, said speeding traffic was a real concern ever since an 11-year-old girl from the school was knocked down by a car.

TWO headteachers at primary schools in Ipswich have today voiced their fears over speeding drivers.

Colin Tapscott, headteacher of Gusford Primary School, in Sheldrake Drive, said speeding traffic was a real concern ever since an 11-year-old girl from the school was knocked down by a car.

He said: “Some cars do come down the road a bit too quickly and we are concerned about the safety of the children because we did have one of our pupils knocked over just before the summer break.

“Although that wasn't due to speeding on that particular occasion the problem with speeding drivers is still of concern.”

Shaun Valentine, headteacher at Sprites Primary School, in Stonechat Road, said he is increasingly concerned about speeding drivers on Hawthorn Drive near to the school.

The school has been without a lollipop person for almost a year and Mr Valentine said this has made the situation worse.

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He said: “Although Ipswich Borough Council has tried to put things in place to prevent the speeding such as speed bumps, it's actually exaggerated the problem rather than alleviate it as they are flat bumps and people just go over them faster.

“Without any traffic control at the school at the moment in the form of a traffic warden it is a real worry.”

Both schools are now looking at ways to address the issue and Sprites Primary School is hoping to employ a traffic warden in the near future.

The borough will be conducting a survey in Bridgwater Road, Sheldrake Drive and Belmont Road in an attempt to monitor the speed of traffic in the area.

A spokesman said: “We will be doing traffic speed monitoring in the three streets over the next month. We do this throughout the borough on a regular basis to see if the perceptions of speed are correct.

“If it turns out that there is a problem we will then try to deal with it.”

Are you concerned about speeding in your area? Have you ever been a victim of a speeding driver? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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