Safety fears prompt Hatfield parents to plead for road crossing

PUBLISHED: 10:17 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:34 13 January 2017

Briars Lane is extremely congested when children need to cross in the morning.

Briars Lane is extremely congested when children need to cross in the morning.

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Worried Hatfield parents have called on County Hall to help their children walk to school safely by providing a crossing over a busy road.

A petition calling for a crossing across Briars Lane, started by Sacha Bedford of Hillcrest, has attracted more than 100 signatures, and can be supported at http://bit.ly/2hRI5NE

Sacha and other parents and children need to cross Briars Lane to get to Hatfield Community Free School and Squirrels Nursery, which shares its site.

Sacha needs to cross Briars Lane with her two sons, Toby, two, and Oscar, four, to get to Hatfield Community Free School and Squirrels Nursery, which shares its site.

She said: “It is about the safety of children, but it is not just that school.”

Other pedestrians would benefit, she argued, such as pupils of the nearby Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School.

Her petition describes the road as “horrendous” thanks to a “plethora of parked cars” when children need to cross.

Ideally, she would like a “puffin crossing”, controlled with lights, between Holliers Way and Hillcrest, where the parked cars endanger pedestrians by concealing traffic.

In neighbouring Welwyn Garden City, a similar parents’ petition recently succeeded in winning a zebra crossing across Valley Road, used by pupils of Applecroft Primary School.

A County Hall spokeswoman said: “We are happy to hear suggestions from Hertfordshire residents about safety measures and improvements that can be made to roads in their area. “Petitions are one way that people can do this. If sufficient signatures are obtained, the petition will be considered by the appropriate council panel.

“However, if residents are concerned about safety issues on this road we would also encourage them to discuss their concerns with the police and their local county councillor.”


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