In a previous blog I said Cornwall Council had agreed to place a school crossing patrol on Meneage Road, Helston. This is one step closer to reality with the formal public consultation now taking place.
The reason for this school crossing is because number of children attending Nansloe school has increased over recent years and a higher number of children are crossing Meneage Road. High traffic volumes mean that it is sometimes difficult to cross the carriageway. A patrol will be able to supervise children crossing the carriageway.
As part of the plan, there will be a series of patrol signs and flashing amber lights to warn of the school crossing patrol site. The lights will operate at the beginning and end of the school day.
The consultation documents can be found HERE. In many consultations, people only seem to comment when they have a concern or want to object. However, this time it is important to give a view of support too. Please email you views and quoting Ref 1639 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The consultation period starts today and runs till the 13th June. It is hoped that work at the site will be implemented in time for the new school term in September.
Several months ago, I requested to Cornwall Council to see if Meneage Road would qualify for a School Crossing Patrol (SCP). This is due a large number of children attending Nansloe Academy from other parts of Helston.
This road is busy, and therefore, parents choose to drive their children to school rather than walk. So a solution needed to be found to allow children to cross safety and reduce traffic in and around the school.
After various site monitoring visits to see how many people with children cross Meneage Road on the way to and from the school, I am very pleased to say, a SCP will be put in place on this road.
In simple terms, to qualify for a SCP, there has to be a certain number of children crossing (with or without their parent) at the peak school times.
Before the site is operational a small amount of engineering works will need to be undertaken, and someone will need to be recruited to the position.
I am very pleased there will be a crossing here. It is something I and the school have wanted for some time. Thank you Cornwall Council for finding the money for this.
It does not stop there either. As I am talking to Cornwall Council Highways to look at a more permanent solution of a fixed crossing. This will all depend on the type of crossing allowed on this road, and the funding for it.