Parents call for pelican crossing

Rockingham Road Primary School parents and children protest about a new crossing
Rockingham Road Primary School parents and children protest about a new crossing

Parents and children staged a demonstration outside a Corby school in a bid to win road safety improvements after their lollipop lady’s job was cut.

About 70 adults and children, armed with banners, protested outside Rockingham Road Primary School in Corby.

They would like a pelican crossing or the lollipop lady’s post re-instated.

One of the organisers of the protest, Sharon McColl, of Babbage Crescent, Corby, whose six-year-old son Kallin still attends the primary school, said: “Fears for our children’s safety were expressed at the school’s parents’ forum. We had a lollipop lady helping the children cross Rockingham Road, which is very busy, for the past 20 years.

“Since the post was axed last September there have been several near misses and one road rage incident.

“Is it going to take a child to be hurt or a fatality before something is done.”

The parents are calling for action before the new school year starts in September.

A spokesman for the county council said: “This school already benefits from a 20mph zone with many safety features in place, including a zebra crossing, guard railings, and bollards. We’ve also installed two VMS signs near this school, which warn drivers to drive slowly.

“In recent years, we worked jointly with Corby Council, the police and the school on creating road safety message signs to address speeding concerns.

“We’re aware of the local community’s wish to upgrade the existing crossing but that has to be seen in the context of priority. Right now, we have others schools in greater need of improvement work.

“We will meet the headteacher in the coming months to look at how we can provide support within our budget constraints.”