Parents call for a lower speed limit

Kettering, St Thomas More Primary School, 'Park Safe -  Be Safe 'Parents parking their cars on Zig-Zags to drop their children off at school. ''Friday 20th January, 2012
Kettering, St Thomas More Primary School, 'Park Safe - Be Safe 'Parents parking their cars on Zig-Zags to drop their children off at school. ''Friday 20th January, 2012

More than 200 worried parents have signed a petition asking for the speed limit to be reduced outside their children’s school.

There is a history of accidents and people parking dangerously to drop off children outside St Thomas More School in Northampton Road, Kettering.

And, with the problems showing no sign of stopping, parents have taken the situation into their own hands.

The petition was organised by mum Lynette Summerfield, who wants the speed limit reduced to 20mph during school drop-off times.

Mrs Summerfield, of Kingsley Avenue, said: “Myself and the headteacher have sent a letter to Northamptonshire County Council asking for a slower speed on Northampton Road.

“We also want reinforced barriers near the school and better road markings.

“The petition was launched in response to a lot of accidents, especially one in September when a car ended up in the entrance to the school.

“So far we’ve collected more than 200 signatures.

“Something has to be done – at this time of year parents are terrified because a little bit of black ice could be lethal.”

The Evening Telegraph visited the school in September and found cars parked on zig-zag lines near the crossing outside the school.

At the time parents blamed a lack of parking space in the surrounding roads and the problem remains.

Parent Ian Gray, of Paradise Avenue, said: “There’s a council car park down the road but we’re not allowed to park there.

“If we could it might help solve the problem.”