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School mums triumph and make road safer for kids

From left: Tracy Walker with her son Scott, Sue Holmes, county councillor Paul Irwin and Helen Henderson with her daughter Lillian

From left: Tracy Walker with her son Scott, Sue Holmes, county councillor Paul Irwin and Helen Henderson with her daughter Lillian

A group of strong-willed mums gathered more than 200 signatures and the backing of a county councillor in support of a plan to make a dangerous road safer for school children.

Tracy Walker, Sue Homes, Helen Henderson, Karen Nicol and Melanie Rose joined forces to present a petition of signatures to Bucks County Council to get changes made to School Lane in Waddesdon.

Tracy, who lives in Waddesdon with her husband Steve and their four children, said: “I think we were shocked that we got the funding, to be honest. I dropped the children off at school one day, got angry, sent a few emails and it snowballed.”

The mums told councillor Paul Irwin of their grave concerns over the safety of School Lane, which has three schools in close proximity of each other, claiming it was near impossible to cross safely during school drop- off and pick-up times.

Tracy said: “The volume of traffic is bad, which makes this road very dangerous for parents who have to cross – and there are also school buses added into the mix.”

She said other incidents included children and parents having near misses from passing cars on a daily basis, and a pregnant woman’s car being clipped by a bus as she turned.

About £14,000 has been set aside to change the road layout, painting new road markings, building railings around the schools, the installation of speed ramps and a proper zebra crossing.

Thanks to the mums’ persistence, people will be able to get safely across the road, which is home to the Village Primary, the Church of England secondary school and Little Oaks Pre-School.

It is hoped the work will be given the green light to be carried out during the summer holidays.

 

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