21st Nov, 2019

Near miss sparks plea for cars to slow down outside Chadsgrove School

Harry Leach 11th Oct, 2019 Updated: 11th Oct, 2019

AN URGENT plea has been issued to drivers to slow down outside Chadsgrove School after a near miss where a wheelchair user was almost hit by a car.

According to Ashley Newman, a teacher at the Meadow Road school, drivers are paying ‘no attention to the crossing’ located outside the school’s premises.

“We like to take our pupils, who have special needs, out into the community and we use that particular crossing on a regular basis.

“It was only the other day when I watched a car, unwilling to stop, speeding past one of our pupils who was already walking across it.

“A lot of the children don’t have the ability to recognise the significance of a crossing as well as others might do.

“Some of them are not used to being outside and this makes it even more important for drivers to take care when behind the wheel because I’m really worried a fatality will happen.”

The 30mph road, which also has Catshill Middle School on it, becomes particularly busy during school runs and rush hour.

Local councillor for Catshill South, Coun Shirley Webb has also personally appealed to drivers.

She said: “Please allow time for the children to cross the crossing fully as some students with mobility issues need longer to get to the other side.”

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