I am sure many of you noticed this morning (8th January) that there was an accident at the corner of Beechdale and Ashdale Road, this involved a year 3 pupil and a car. Thankfully the child has suffered no major injuries, apart from shock; the driver, who was driving very sensibly and slowly was very upset.
I am fully aware that there was no Crossing patrol there this morning, as we had already made families aware of, I had already made my concerns known to the Crossing patrol team about the road not being manned, as arranging cover is the responsibility of Road Safety Team at DCC and if we would man this ourselves, we would. I have also passed on concerns from parents about the age of our children and the very high risk that no patrol causes to the children and their families at this point on Ashdale/Beechdale road.
I am also aware that some pupils in year 3 and year 4 walk to school alone, or at least walk part of the way to school alone; I cannot press upon parents enough that crossing the road alone at the age of 7 or 8 is very dangerous, indeed it could be deemed a safeguarding concern that young children are walking to school alone/part way at this age.
My primary concern is the safety of the children in my care, please be assured that I have already spoken to the appropriate authorities and am pressing on them the necessity of a school crossing person on this road. Our usual Crossing Patrol person has changed his commitments and is now working there this afternoon.
I will of course keep you up to date with any future developments.
Mr P Dixon