Woodlesford Primary School gets 20 mph road safety zone

Cllr Karen Bruce, Angela Kellett and Bill Hinsliffe at Woodlesford Primary School

Councillors, parents, residents and governors are celebrating the news that work is soon to start on the 20mph road safety zone around Woodlesford Primary School.

Woodlesford Primary School health and safety governor Bill Hinsliffe was delighted to hear that a new 20mph zone is to be implemented in Woodlesford this year backed by the Labour team, me, Cllr David Nagle and Labour campaigner Angela Kellett.

Bill Hinsliffe, health and safety governor at Woodlesford Primary school, has campaigned for many years to try to make the road outside the school safer for the many school children who cross the road each day. Bill has worked closely with me to highlight the issue and was pleased last year when a 20mph zone was finally approved. However, he was dismayed earlier this year when council officers wrote to him to say that scheme wouldn’t be implemented for a few years.

After campaigning for this for so many years Bill was devastated that the Tory/Lib Dem government spending cuts meant that our local children would still be in danger despite the council wanting to implement the road safety scheme. Bill contacted me and I lobbied fellow councillors and council officers to demand that the scheme was implemented this year.

The speed at which traffic travels makes a dramatic difference in the event of a road accident and can mean the difference between life and death. My top priority is the safety of residents including children and the elderly as they can’t always get across the road as quickly as others.

Our local election candidate Angela Kellett brought her children up in Woodlesford  and she has observed the situation getting much worse, the Labour team feel it is important that action is taken to slow traffic down before the worst happens, I know many parents will be relieved they are being listened to.

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