MP lends weight to speed call

PUBLISHED: 09:41 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

Henry Bellingham and parent-governor Rachel Taylor check on the traffic outside the school. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

Henry Bellingham and parent-governor Rachel Taylor check on the traffic outside the school. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

AN MP will lobby a council for safety improvements outside a primary school after meeting concerned governors and teachers. Henry Bellingham, MP for North-West Norfolk, said a 20mph speed limit needed to be enforced outside Terrington St John Primary Scho

Henry Bellingham during his meeting  at Terrington St John. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

AN MP will lobby a council for safety improvements outside a primary school after meeting concerned governors and teachers.

Henry Bellingham, MP for North-West Norfolk, said a 20mph speed limit needed to be enforced outside Terrington St John Primary School, and he called for fibre-optic flashing speed signs and possibly a speed camera.

"What the county council should not be doing is waiting for a child to be killed. They should take action now," he said.

"One of the things in traffic safety management is waiting for accidents and possible fatalities when, actually, they should be taking action first to prevent them.

"I would love to be able to say the school could have the improvements tomorrow but, sadly, they cannot. But it is a dangerous stretch of road and, therefore, a deserving cause.

"Even when I was trying to find somewhere to park when I got to the school I had someone acting really impatiently behind me. It's unacceptable behaviour outside a school."

Parent-governor Rachel Taylor, who demonstrated the traffic issues to Mr Bellingham, said: "We have been told there is no money to install speed signs but, if we could find the money, they would be installed.

"The footpath is also on the list to be improved, but there is a five-year wait."

Headteacher Caroline Howard said: "What we want is for our children to get to and from school safely. The road is too narrow and too fast.

"All we would like is the pavement widened and the speed of the traffic slowed. The traffic does not obey the 30mph speed limit.

"The highways department has installed some improved signs and repainted a slow sign on the road, but we feel more could be done.

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