A working party of parents from Redfield Edge Primary School in Oldland Common organised a consultation evening following an increase of concern regarding the safety of pupils using the busy main road outside of the school. The team of parents alongside Mrs Robinson the Deputy Head teacher invited Chris Skidmore MP, to come along and answer questions and join the discussion about what can be done to improve the current situation.
The main concerns raised by parents and pupils were the speed of the traffic using the road at school drop off and pick up time, the congestion outside the main gate due to lack of parking and the inappropriate parking by many of the parents.
The pupils from Year 5 had prepared letters for Chris Skidmore expressing their concerns and shared their letters with Chris and those present. The children spoke very well and demonstrated a clear passion for the need for change.
One suggestion form the pupils was the development of a ramp from the cycle track running alongside the school to the bridge to allowing easy access. The children spoke of how they would like to cycle or scoot to school but climbing the steep steps leading up from the cycle path are hazardous and almost impossible for a small child on a bike or a parent pushing a pram.
Mr Skidmore agreed with many of the key points and empathised with the parents regarding the current situation and is planning on attending the next working party meeting to work with the parents to put together a proposal to give to the local council asking for change.
Please sign the petition below which will shortly be sent to South Gloucestershire Council.
"we call on south Gloucestershire council to introduce traffic calming and alternative parking measures outside Redfield Edge Primary school"