Parents in traffic warning

CONCERN: St Luke's First School parents are worried about their children's safety on the school run.
CONCERN: St Luke's First School parents are worried about their children's safety on the school run.
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PARENTS worried about dangerous drivers in Moorside believe the problems will continue when St Luke’s First School closes its doors next year.

In last week’s Spenborough Guardian, mum Nickola Power recounted two near misses with speeding cars outside the first school in recent weeks. Now, other parents have raised grave concerns about their children’s safety when they move into Whitechapel Primary School in September 2012.

They have called for extra parking spaces for mornings and afternoons on the Whitechapel site.

A traffic report by Kirklees Council has been described as ‘unrealistic’ in the way it failed to predict increased traffic levels around the new school, as parents will decide against crossing two busy roads on foot.

Parent Rebecca Firth said: “The traffic at St Luke’s is bad enough at the moment but it will be worse when we have to walk our children through Moorside and along Whitechapel Road to the new school.

“Children will start at the school from age five and parents will not drop off their children at the new school, as they are too young.

“They will want to take their children into school to be met by a teacher, knowing they are safely in the school’s care. This means parking cars to accompany children to the entrance.

“We just want an area that we can park in during the mornings and afternoons, it can be used for other things during the day.”

Kirklees Council was unable to comment.

A consultation is ongoing into the plan until April 29 and comments can be sent to planning.contactcentre@kirklees.gov.uk.