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Grandma fears for children's safety

By helen williams, Hoyland Reporter Tuesday 22nd April 2014
Lesley Batty

A grandma fears a child will be killed because Barnsley Council has refused Jump Primary School's requests for a pedestrian crossing and a lollipop lady.

Lesley Batty, 49, of Roebuck Hill, Jump, said her nine-year-old granddaughter who attends the school was nearly run over by a reversing car outside the school.

She said: "The pavements are not safe for walking on due to cars driving up on them to get parked. My nine-year-old missed being hit by a car by centimetres while walking on the pavement."

Mrs Batty takes four of her grandchildren to school every day and described the traffic at peak times of 9am and 3.30pm as "horrendous."

She said: "I'm seriously concerned for all the children's welfare. It's only a matter of time before an accident will happen and the problem is seriously getting out of hand. It's getting to the point where drivers just don't care and someone is going to get killed."

A Barnsley Council spokesman said: "We are aware of the school's request for crossing assistance at this location and will comment further as soon as possible."

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Posted by David bailey I Tue 22nd Apr 2014 at 6:17pm

Something needs doing because they park on both sides of the road.and traffic cannot get past.

Posted by Michelle I Wed 23rd Apr 2014 at 9:57am

Should have road safety in places at every school - already had a couple of incidents at my kids school :-/ drivers may take extra care and attention but that doesn't stop a child running out :(

Posted by Kelly I Wed 23rd Apr 2014 at 3:06pm

Absolutely ridiculous parking here, come on BMBC help our school out. Small changes to road marking or something similar could make a huge difference, not going to do the how much council money is wasted speech but its well within their power to help!!

Posted by michelle I Wed 23rd Apr 2014 at 7:52pm

road markings make no difference half the time. We have zig zags outside school gates and parents have been told many of times not to drop off there but they still do regardless.