Drivers urged to slow down close to school

head teacher Simon Robinson with pupils William Marshall, nine and Caitlin Stevenson, nine.
head teacher Simon Robinson with pupils William Marshall, nine and Caitlin Stevenson, nine.

Cotmanhay drivers are being urged to kill their speed near a school before a child is seriously hurt.

Headteacher of Cotmanhay Junior School, Simon Robinson, contacted the Advertiser after a parent reported a couple of near misses on Skeavington’s Lane.

He said: “A few parents have spoken to me about the way motorists drive at the back of the school.

“There have been incidents where parents and children have been half way across the road when a car has come speeding along.

“There’s a crossing at the front of the school but over the back way there isn’t an official crossing, but there is a speed bump that parents and children do cross at.

“I’m in the process of contacting the relevant people to see if a crossing could be put in but that will take time.

“In the meantime I would hate for an accident to happen so I want to get the message out there.

“The vast majority of our parents are responsible drivers and are mindful of the children and road safety as they travel to and from school, it is members of the wider community who are the ones I hope will read this and slow down.

“ We all know the dangers of driving too fast and it would only take a second for an accident to happen. It doesn’t take a lot to slow down and take more care, especially during the times of day that children are making their way to and from school.”