Last week Dr Dan Poulter returned to St Pancras Primary School to meet with the school council and report on progress he had made in supporting the school road safety campaign.
Road safety issues have been a problem for the school for years, and the pupils first raised concerns about the road safety caused by poor parking and speeding traffic at school drop off and pick up times when Dr Poulter visited the school last year. Following his most recent visit to the school in March, Dr Poulter wrote to Cllr Graham Newman, who was at the time the Suffolk County Council portfolio holder for Roads and Transport demanding action and in support of the children's ideas for improved road safety measures.
As a result of his intervention, Suffolk County Council has agreed to work more closely in the school to improve road safety issues, and the school is examining funding options to support the installation of speed humps outside the school gates.
Dr Poulter said "I am hugely impressed by the enthusiasm of the children working on this important road safety project. Many adults could learn a lot from their community spirit and genuine commitment to resolving road safety problems near their school. I shall continue to work in partnership with the school council and do all I can to support their campaign to make the roads near their school safer. I shall be pressing Suffolk County Council for further action, and shall be returning to St Pancras School later this year to review progress."
Dr Poulter and the children have agreed to continue working together to campaign for speed bumps and other traffic calming measures in the area and to encourage more parents to help children to cycle or walk to school in order to minimise the number of cars dangerously parked on the roads.
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Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on facilitating health professionals in England to travel to low and middle income countries to provide healthcare education and training; and if she will make a statement.
Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Mental Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to improve mental health provision in low and middle income countries.