13 MAR 2015

Pupils and MP in Road Safety Bid

North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has linked up with young pupils at St Pancras Primary School to press for road improvements in the Stratford Road area of the town.

The Roman Catholic primary's school council has been looking at how to make the nearby roads safer - and found that many local people are worried that either a child or an older resident could be involved in a road accident.

They have come up with ideas to make the road safer, and Dr Poulter will help them take these to the county council in a bid to improve safety.

After an earlier visit to the school to discuss the problems with the school council - made up of pupils from five to 11 - Dr Poulter returned to hear what they had found out.

He said: "This is very important work they have done finding out the dangers and what people would like to see happen to make things safer here.

"I shall speak to the county council about this and see if we can get the cabinet member for transport (Graham Newman) along to the school to hear what they have found out. I think there is a very good chance some of their suggestions might be taken up by the county."

Suggestions include introducing a one-way system near the school, putting in road-calming measures, and establishing a drop-off point for parents who bring their children to the school by car.

Headteacher Stephen Barker said the youngsters had enjoyed taking part in the survey, and it had been a good way of teaching them how they can help make decisions in the future.

(Article in Ipswich Star - Monday 16 March 2015)

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