Scholes pupils demand pavement to prevent serious accident
CHILDREN, teachers and parents are demanding a pavement outside their school to prevent a serious accident.
Scholes JI School has been told there isn’t enough money to build a pavement on Marsh Road outside the school.
The road has grass verges on either side which have been turned into mud by vehicles and pedestrians.
The banked verges become slippery in wet weather, forcing pedestrians – including children walking to and from school – to walk in the narrow road.
The road becomes busy during school runs and there have been several near misses between pupils and vehicles, the school says.
Now pupils, parents and staff are demanding a pavement on one side of the road to protect people walking along Marsh Road.
But Kirklees Council says it has to prioritise streets where more accidents have occurred.
The school has reluctantly suggested another option – a ramp from the White Wells park into the school grounds.
The school fears this option would lead to a loss of school grounds and part of the White Wells park.
But the council has said it does not have the funds for this project, which is believed to cost around £30,000.
Scholes JI School headteacher Yvonne Donkersley said: “No-one looks after the verges and my husband and I have to clear it regularly. They’re no use and it’s so dangerous.
“Our local councillors have been very helpful. They support the idea of a pavement, but at the moment it doesn’t look like much is going to happen.”
Lee Hooson, who has two children at the school, said: “It’s a bit ridiculous that there’s no footpath available.
“The grass verges are no use and a pavement would make it easier and safer to walk.”
Pupil Lily Pamment, 10, added: “I fell off my bike and on to the verge when a car came shooting past.
“One boy nearly got hit by a car.
“We need a pavement.”
Kirklees Council said officers would be investigating Marsh Road and reporting to councillors in the ward.
A council spokesman said: “Providing a footway has been considered and funding options are being investigated to promote this further.
“However this option would affect local residents. If funding did become available householders at adjacent properties would need to be consulted. There may also be a need to introduce waiting restrictions to keep the area clear at school peak times.
“On average there are 1,500 people injured on Kirklees roads each year. The council has to prioritise projects which have the greatest impact on current injury levels and trends of injury collisions.
“Locations with a history of casualties therefore have to take a precedence, however we are continuing to look into the issues around Scholes School.”