We are working very hard at the moment on securing some longer term solutions to ensuring the safety of our children and parents as they travel to and from school. Laura Trevillian, one of the parents in our working party suggested we organise our own ‘Pop up Crossing’ event. The Environmental Transport Association supplied us with the crossing that they had designed specifically to support schools looking for additional traffic calming measures and that can be put up in a very short space of time.
Yesterday morning over 30 children represented their fellow pupils and joined Mrs Griffiths, Mr Jarvis and Mrs Horrocks from the school as the crossing was put in position on Chequers Lane at the back of the school. Additional support was provided by Councillor Colin Day (Great Dunmow South and Barnston) and Angie Greneski Uttlesford’s Community Safety Officer and several police community safety officers. Pupil Voice had designed protest banners which the children enthusiastically waved at passing cars.
The response was overwhelmingly positive from local residents and road users and even during this ‘quieter’ period of the day it was evident how necessary a crossing is. Thank you to the parents who came along to support us on this important issue.
Later in the day Mrs Griffiths was interviewed by Dave Monk on BBC Radio Essex and was able to explain how important we believe it is to have additional measures put around our school to keep our children safe. Here is the link if you would like to listen (her slot is at 1 hour 38 mins through the programme). https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07t7n1c