Grandma calls for crossing

Tibshelf Lollipop Lady Petition. L-r, Corey Chapman, Rose Lock and Meagan Reeve register their objections.

Tibshelf Lollipop Lady Petition. L-r, Corey Chapman, Rose Lock and Meagan Reeve register their objections.

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A CONCERNED grandma is campaigning to get a school crossing warden to patrol a busy road near three schools.

Susan Wheeldon-Kemp - the grandmother of two pupils at Town End Junior school - is spearheading a group who are petitioning to get a safe crossing on Doe Hill Lane, Tibshelf for schoolchildren.

“I have spoken to lots of parents about it and they all want something to be done” said Susan, who regularly picks up her grandchildren from the school.

“Coming up that road is the only way some children can get to the school. They can’t cross that road because it’s so busy.

“It is so difficult with the roundabout. It means they have got three ways to look for.”

Doe Hill Lane, which is also close to Town End Infant School and Tibshelf Community school, has seen 25 road accidents over the last 15 years, and worried families want to ensure the school children are safe.

“I want something to be put in place before a child is seriously injured” said Susan.

A petition calling for a school crossing warden has been set up and currently has over 200 signatures, and Susan has even written to David Cameron asking for help with her plight.

Jonathan Dey, headteacher at Town End Junior school, said:

“As a school we are 100 per cent behind the campaign. We want a crossing at the top end of Doe Hill Lane.

“It would just allow the children from West View estate a safe access across the road. At the moment they walk along up to the village to find a safe place to cross.

“A crossing patrol would mean all the children could very safely walk to school.”

Susan - on behalf of the group - has also contacted Chris Jackson, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Derbyshire County Council.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We wrote to Mrs Kemp on 25 March to say that we had received her request and would be investigating the possibilities of having lollipop lady at the school. This will take us a few weeks”

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