‘Drivers must slow down near school’

Neighbours are calling for something to be done to slow drivers on Rookery Avenue before there is a serious accident. EMN-150526-095209001

Neighbours are calling for something to be done to slow drivers on Rookery Avenue before there is a serious accident. EMN-150526-095209001

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Residents, council officials and teachers all fear there could be a serious accident on a housing estate close to a Sleaford primary school unless action is taken to slow down drivers.

Gemma Lynch, a mum of two children who attend St Botolph’s Primary School, lives close by on Rookery Avenue. She says she has become exasperated at the dangerous driving and parking.

New Community Speed Watch signs could soon be installed in Rookery Avenue. EMN-150525-172445001

New Community Speed Watch signs could soon be installed in Rookery Avenue. EMN-150525-172445001

She urged people to slow down to avoid a catasrophe saying: “There is going to be an accident soon because of the way others park on the road. Drivers heading up Rookery Avenue away from the school have to pull out around cars parked on the bend and there is going to be a head-on crash or kids are going to get hurt.

“This morning (Friday) I was putting my hands up and saying ‘slow down’ to drivers but nobody seems to be listening.”

Mrs Lynch said: “I have seen lots of near misses and have almost been hit myself.” She said the main problem was people were negotiating the corner too fast to cope with unexpected hazards. She said outside the school drivers go slowly but then accelerate away and meet others coming down too quickly.

Head teacher Debbie Wilson said: “We sympathise with local residents and we are currently working with the local authority to try and resolve the problem.”

County Council Area Highway’s Manager, Rowan Smith, said: “We are currently consulting with the school, parents and local residents about the introduction of a School Safety Zone which will result in an advisory 20mph speed limit together with parking restrictions outside the school at drop off and pick up times. Enforcement of such schemes is a police responsibility. We would suggest if anyone has concerns about speeding vehicles that they contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team in the first instance.”

Sleaford Town Council is also planning to invest hundreds of pounds on new digital speed indicator signs through the county council Community Speed Watch initiative with warning posters to remind drivers to take care and watch their speed, with Rookery Avenue likely to be one ‘hot spot’.

Coun Garry Titmus said: “The matter has been placed back on the agenda for the new Services Committee which meets for the first time tonight (Wednesday).

“I quite agree about the problem with Rookery Avenue - and the extension through Sheldrake Road into Clay Hill Road and how it might impact on St Botolph’s School. That area is one that was identified as of prime concern last August.”