Sunday, 20 August 2017

500 sign crossing petition

A PETITION calling for a pedestrian crossing for children on a busy Caversham road has been signed by more than

A PETITION calling for a pedestrian crossing for children on a busy Caversham road has been signed by more than 500 people in less than two months.

Campaigner Anne Beauchamp started a campaign for a crossing in Rotherfield Way, which is regularly used by pupils at Highdown School in Emmer Green and the Hill Primary School.

It followed an incident in November when a year seven pupil at Highdown was struck by a car in the street. This followed several near-misses.

Mrs Beauchamp, whose four-year-old son Sam attends the Hill primary, is supported by parents and Emmer Green Residents’ Association.

She has handed the petition to Reading Borough Council’s traffic sub-committee.



Mrs Beauchamp said: “Children from two primary schools and a secondary school use that road twice a day and the traffic goes too fast. As a pedestrian, you feel like the cars are whizzing past you.

“If there was a safe crossing place we wouldn’t have to worry about the road quite so much. If something isn’t done there will be a much more serious accident.”

Meanwhile, the council has also been presented with a petition calling for a better crossing in Gosbrook Road, Caversham, by resident Ed Hogan, who said: “It’s vital that the council looks to improve safety here.”



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