Last Friday I visited Flushdyke Primary School in Ossett to discuss concerns about the road crossing outside the school.
The school is on a busy road, and there is currently no pelican crossing or lollypop person to help children cross. The school and local businesses are unhappy about parents parking dangerously when they drop off and collect their children. This includes parking on yellow lines and blocking the crossing. They are concerned that a child could be injured or worse.
I have now contacted the highways department at Wakefield Council to ask that an officer meets with the headteacher to discuss the problem. I have also written to the West Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership to raise concerns and support calls for a pelican crossing. I will be conducting a survey to see how parking affects local businesses. The school are looking to raise further awareness of the issue with both children and parents. They are also looking into fundraising with the children to help put some money towards a new crossing.