Mum pleads for speed signs outside daughter’s West Molesey school

June 13, 2018
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A mum is calling for signs to alert drivers they are passing a West Molesey school.

Louise Duffy says the road markings are needed to warn motorists as more families try to take the healthier option of walking to school.

Her plea for safety measures near Hurst Park Primary School in Hurst Road was made to members of Surrey County Council (SCC) and Elmbridge Borough Council Local Committee on Monday (June 11).

She had made the call for action earlier this year and attended the meeting this week to ask for an update.

Speaking at the meeting, she said: “I walk to school with my daughter and we are encouraged to walk to school, but cars go flying down that road.”

“Cars go flying down that road,” says one concerned resident
(Image: Grahame Larter)

She said the school developed a travel plan when it had an extension, and added: “I understand as part of the school development, signs should be there for drivers to slow down and keep to the 30mph. My experience is quite different.”

Ms Duffy was asking the question as part of an open forum held at the start of every local committee meeting.

This is a chance for members of the public to address committee members with concerns relating to joint matters between SCC and the local borough or district.

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In response, deputy chairman of the committee, Councillor Peter Szanto said: “I agree wholeheartedly with your push to get this right.”

Peter Shimadry, senior engineer for Surrey Highways, said the signs should have been put there as part of the school expansion.

He recommended SCC’s school travel team be contacted for a further update.

In May 2015 SCC decided not to install a pedestrian crossing outside Hurst Park school following a campaign by a concerned parent.

Matt Ralph said following the rejection: “It is simply a matter of time before a child is hurt.

“The infrastructure has not been put in place and there is no consideration for the children walking to and from school.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/mum-pleads-speed-signs-outside-14776633


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