HARTLAND residents, councillors and representatives of the primary school met with highways officials to make their case for safety measures on a road used by village children to walk and cycle to school. Residents mounted a petition of 143 names to prese
HARTLAND residents, councillors and representatives of the primary school met with highways officials to make their case for safety measures on a road used by village children to walk and cycle to school.Residents mounted a petition of 143 names to present to the highways authorities.Local councillor Adam Symons, has been spearheading the campaign to bring the speed limit down on the stretch of road into the village from Eastdown Park, where 20 families live.He said: " Eastdown Park is connected to Hartland by a stretch of road with a 60mph speed limit on it. There is no footpath on the road and it is the only route to the primary school for the children. Concerns have been raised over the road for some time, with the county council estimating that to put a footpath in would cost £500,000. However, increasing worries over child safety has led to renewed calls to make the stretch of road safer."We have been working with the county council to try to find a solution to this dangerous stretch of road. We hope that the county council will agree to lowering the speed limit and ensure that drivers understand that they are sharing the road with other users. We still need to look into a longer term option of how we ensure that pedestrians and car drivers are not sharing the same road space."Jane Scott, a resident of Eastdown Park, said: "My daughter was cycling to school, but a few weeks ago a car nearly hit her and she is now scared to cycle on the road. Everyone is trying to get people out of cars, but if the roads are not safe to walk or cycle, what are residents meant to do? We have got a petition together to make the road safer. The school has written in support, as it wants to see more children walking and cycling to school.