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'Death trap' junction campaigners at Foulds Primary School, High Barnet, must wait until March
Parents and school governors pleading for a pelican crossing at a “death trap” junction will have to wait until March for a decision because highways officers are “too busy”.
Campaigners for the crossing outside Foulds Primary School, in Byng Road, High Barnet, say a blind bend near the entrance is putting the lives of pupils at risk.
The group took their case to last night’s Chipping Barnet Area Sub-Committee meeting but were left “disappointed” when they were told it was unlikely officers would be able to draw up plans before March.
Those fighting for the crossing have gathered a petition of more than 170 signatures calling for a pelican crossing to be installed at the hazardous junction.
Marc Hekster, who has two young children at the school, said: “It is a death trap – it is probably the most dangerous corner in the area.
“600 children cross that road every day – I can’t believe they’re so relaxed about it. The buses fly past inches from your legs.”
Committee member and Foulds School governor Councillor David Longstaff told his colleagues the blind bend was “seriously dangerous”.
Highways manager Paul Bragg told members his team were unlikely to finalise plans before the next meeting in January and that March was a more likely target date.
Cost, he said, would also be an issue, with pelican crossings costing £60,000 compared with £20,000 for a zebra crossing.
Jane Clayton, governor and parent, said: “I was struck by their discussions over the cost. There is no price on a child’s life and I can’t believe they’re having to justify the spend.”
The committee voted unanimously in favour of a motion that Mr Bragg and his team would address the issue at the earliest possible time.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Hekster said: “I feel disappointed that it is going to take until March – we should have had a set date for January.
“We expect more sympathy for our children but instead they’re worried about money. Every day that this is ignored, our children’s lives are in danger.”
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