Parents want road crossing

STOP THAT CAR!: Concerned parent Amanda Boocock on Whitechapel Road ' the site near Whitechapel Primary where parents want a new crossing patrol. (D533A230)

STOP THAT CAR!: Concerned parent Amanda Boocock on Whitechapel Road ' the site near Whitechapel Primary where parents want a new crossing patrol. (D533A230)

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ROAD accidents were on the minds of concerned parents as a meeting was held in Cleckheaton to discuss the possibility of a crossing near the site of the new Whitechapel Primary School.

The school, formerly Whitechapel Middle School, currently has no assisted crossing on Whitechapel Road, and with its conversion to primary education, the school now has younger pupils who could be more vulnerable to road accidents.

Alison Henry, from Odsal, who has a six-year-old daughter starting at the school in September, said: “I drive down roads near the school and I find them quite narrow – double decker buses go down there, and with residents parking too, there will be major congestion.

“Some parents will be worried letting their children walk to school without there being a crossing, so they will take them to school in their cars, so there will be even more traffic congestion.”

The meeting was attended by Coun Kath Pinnock, who said she understood the parents’ concerns, but believed that the correct procedures must be followed.

She said: “We are totally supportive of the parents and their willingness to get a crossing at the new school.

“It is very frustrating that there is no way to set it up before the start of term in September. The problem stems from the fact that the school has changed so dramatically – younger children will be going and that makes a big difference traffic-wise.”

“We are really keen to make improvements to make a safe crossing on Whitechapel Road.”

Kirklees Council said a survey would be carried out on the area, but that a crossing would not be put in place before the start of term in September.

A spokesman said: “To ensure we get the most accurate data on travel patterns we will not do the survey in the first week of term, as everyone will be getting used to new routes.

“The survey will probably be done in the third or fourth week of term, because we need travel patterns to settle to ensure we get the most relevant data to say whether a school crossing patrol and/or a zebra crossing are suitable here.”