Call to make Warminster road safer

This Is Wiltshire: Headteacher of St George’s, Louise Croker, left, with Rachael Cox and her son Josh who are campaigning for a zebra crossing outside the school Headteacher of St George’s, Louise Croker, left, with Rachael Cox and her son Josh who are campaigning for a zebra crossing outside the school

Concerned parents and teachers from St George’s School have handed a petition asking for a zebra crossing outside the school to Warminster Town Council.

The petition, which was signed by more than 200 people, calls for a zebra crossing outside the school in Woodcock Road. It was started by Rachael Cox, whose son Joshua, nine, attends the school.

Mrs Cox told the council that the situation was increasingly dangerous, with parents struggling to cross the road with their children.

She added that she had witnessed several near-misses along the busy stretch of road, with drivers rarely stopping to allow children to cross and often exceeding the speed limit.

Mrs Cox, who also has three older children at Kingdown School, said: “It’s always been difficult crossing the road and you feel like you are dicing with death, as cars show no consideration and rarely slow down.

“It reached a point where I thought someone is going to be killed, so I thought I would do something to get the ball rolling and allow children to cross safely.

Headteacher at St George’s School Louise Croker spoke in support of the petition at the council’s town development meeting on Monday.

Councillors agreed that something needs to be done and will meet Mrs Croker and the council clerk to discuss what action to take.

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6:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

devilstail says...

A start would be for those cars parked in the background removed as they are a nightmare forcing drivers on to the wrong side of the road on a bend and opposite a junction too. As can be seen by the green van. I would welcome a 200m no parking zone either way outside schools as it is usually the parents and their cars that cause the biggest hazards outside schools, creating bottlenecks and visual obstructions for drivers and riders approaching.
A start would be for those cars parked in the background removed as they are a nightmare forcing drivers on to the wrong side of the road on a bend and opposite a junction too. As can be seen by the green van. I would welcome a 200m no parking zone either way outside schools as it is usually the parents and their cars that cause the biggest hazards outside schools, creating bottlenecks and visual obstructions for drivers and riders approaching. devilstail
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8:34pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Rackwell says...

In the picture of this story on the site's main page, this poor little lad is wearing shorts. It's freezing cold. There is clearly more chance of these poor kids dying of hypothermia than being run over.
In the picture of this story on the site's main page, this poor little lad is wearing shorts. It's freezing cold. There is clearly more chance of these poor kids dying of hypothermia than being run over. Rackwell
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