Bid to make roads around Nottinghamshire schools safer after child dies

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A specialist group is working to make the roads around Nottinghamshire schools safer after the death of a 10-year-old boy in Retford.

A petition to improve safety on Tiln Lane around Carr Hill Primary School was formally responded to at a council meeting this week, after 10-year-old Seth Bartle died in January.

Seth Bartle. Picture provided by Nottinghamshire Police.

Seth Bartle. Picture provided by Nottinghamshire Police.

Now, the council has officially responded to the petition, saying a cross-party group has met to begin finding ways to improve safety around all the county’s schools.

It has set out to investigate every single road traffic collision in the last six years, and aims to work with all schools in the county.

The Tiln Lane petition received more than 300 signatures, and was first presented to the council in March.

Since the tragic accident, leaders of the school have got together with council bosses to help make the Tiln Lane school safer, and a CCTV enforcement car has also been deployed outside the school.

The council’s response to the petition, which was formally approved today, said: “Many schools across the county experience similar parking issues at school start and finish times.

“Head teachers and school governors regularly raise concerns relating to driver behaviours, and road safety is a key concern of parents and carers as well as members of all political parties.

“Consequently to help address these issues, the Children and Young People’s Committee approved the establishment of a cross-party working group.”

The group, which is made up of members from all political parties, also features representatives from the young people’s department, as well as the highways department.

Councillor Gordon Wheeler represents the West Bridgford West ward for the Conservatives, and is a member of the newly-formed group.

He said: “The working party can’t address all problems at all of the 360 schools, that’s not what we’re trying to do, but we want to engage with the schools, with teachers, parents and governors, to come on board with us.

“We want to find out everything we can about best practice, and then share that with the schools, and work to help and support them as much as we can.

“There won’t be one size fits all, but it’s about rolling out best practices to schools, some of which they might know, but some they might think ‘blimey I haven’t thought of that one before, why don’t we try that.’”

Rather than creating bespoke plans for each of the county’s 360 primary schools, the group aims to be a forum to share best practice, and to help work with schools on how to make improvements.

One strategy being considered by the group is asking groups of school children to help tell parents where they can and can’t park, in the hope that this will pressure children into persuading their parents to park elsewhere.

Kit Sandeman , Local Democracy Reporting Service