Clevedon zebra crossing is a huge success says campaigner mum
By Trudi_B | Saturday, October 06, 2012, 12:09
A mum who set up a petition for a zebra crossing outside a Clevedon primary school says she is "over the moon" that it has been installed.
The zebra crossing in Strode Road ehih was installed during the summer.
Debbie Henley, of Patch Croft, began a campaign at the beginning of 2011, to get a crossing outside the back entrance of Mary Elton Primary School because of serious concerns about the safety of hers and other children due to the amount of traffic and speed of vehicles travelling along Strode Road.
Along with the support of Clevedon Town councillor Chris Blades the mum of two collected around 700 signatures from parents of children and staff at the school and other residents who also wanted to see a zebra crossing installed.
With North Somerset Council having to cut budgets, Mrs Henley, whose sons Cadon, six, and Jenson, 10, both attend Mary Elton, didn't think that her campaign would be successful, but at the end of August a £21,000 scheme to install a pedestrian crossing was completed.
Mrs Henley said: "I have to say I really am delighted and over the moon.
"I really didn't think it would happen, with council budgets being so tight, but I am so pleased that it has and it really has made such a difference.
"I am now letting my son Jenson walk to school by himself as I do not feel worried about him doing that now.
"It has happened at the perfect time too as it is good preparation for him for next year when he starts at Clevedon Community School and will be walking.
"Quite a few parents have come up to me and said thank you for setting up the petition. The bollards just weren't satisfactory before as you couldn't get many people on them in the middle of the road, if you had a bike or buggy it stuck out on the road and was dangerous.
"Just before I set up the petition I remember a few parents telling me of near misses outside the school and one young boy was nearly knocked down by a lorry."
Councillor Blades said he was also "delighted" that Strode Road now had a pedestrian crossing.
Cllr Blades said: "I am thoroughly delighted that the crossing has been installed.
"I was quite flabbergasted when I heard that it was going ahead as we had previously been told that it wasn't going to.
"It was later put on a work plan and I kept on bringing it up but was shocked when I got an email at the beginning of the summer saying that it was going ahead.
"Debbie worked really hard on the petition and I am glad to hear that there has been positive feedback from it."
As well as providing a safe area for pupils and their parents to cross, it is also of benefit for other pedestrian living in the area and using the southern-ring path.