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Safety fears spark call for a zebra crossing

Safety fears spark call for a zebra crossing Safety fears spark call for a zebra crossing
Updated: 10:07 am, May 07, 2015

FEARS over children’s safety have prompted calls for a zebra crossing on Studley High Street.

Worried parents, residents and business owners have signed a petition to replace the current central refuge crossing, amid concerns a child may be killed while trying to get to school.

More than 1,400 children go to the four schools in the area – three of which are for under 11s – while people use the road every day to visit the village hall, health centre and shops.

Residents and district councillor Hazel Wright met with Coun Peter Butlin, who is responsible for transport and planning on Warwickshire County Council, where they told him the current crossing was not wide enough for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

They said even though a zebra crossing would be expensive in the short-term, it would be more cost effective over a longer period and would allow shorter crossing times lessening the impact on traffic.

They also asked for the introduction of a 20mph speed limit, an extension on the existing railings and the removal of two parking spaces opposite Studley Community Infants School.

Coun Clive Rickhards, county councillor for Studley, said: “I was glad the parents were listened to as it has been said before all they are asking for was for the children to go safely to school and come home safely.

“I will be pursuing the issues raised at Warwickshire County Council.”