The Year 5 pupils at Templars Academy have launched a campaign to get a new school crossing installed on Cressing Road, Witham, located outside the school since their long-serving Safety Crossing Officer stepped down.
The children, as part of their work in English lessons, were moved to raise awareness because of the potential safety risk not having an officer will have on their safety when arriving and leaving school. In recent weeks, Southview School, Elm Hall Primary School and New Rickstones Academy have joined the campaign by lending their support and working together to investigate ways forward and assess the risks posed by Cressing Road to pupil safety. The students contacted local MP, Priti Patel, to make her aware of their concerns and Priti contacted Essex County Council to resolve the issue.
“I am very pleased to see that students from Templars, Elm Hall, Southview and New Rickstones Academy take the issue of their safety when crossing the road seriously by working together to find a solution to this real danger.
Since a speed camera has been installed on Cressing Road, there has been a total of 12 collisions and 14 casualties. This averages out at 1.2 collisions and 1.4 casualties every year which is deeply concerning. It would be unforgiveable if these fateful statistics became a reality for one of the pupils, or indeed their family, on the way to school.
I have contacted Essex County Council asking them to support the pupil’s campaign to install a new crossing as soon as possible because this opportunity to improve pupil safety on this busy road cannot be overlooked.”