CHILDREN who want to walk to school are facing daily danger in Holmfirth.
Part of their route to Scholes Junior and Infant School is along Wadman Road and Marsh Road which do not have a pavement.
Headteacher Yvonne Donkersley fears it is an accident waiting to happen as the children now have to walk in the road.
And, to make matters worse, there is also the issue of dog dirt on the grass verge which makes the children even keener to stay well away from it and in the road.
Mrs Donkersley has been campaigning for two years to get the verge dug up and a new pavement laid instead, but nothing has been done so far.
Kirklees seems to react to road safety issues in the aftermath of accidents. Often the number and seriousness of accidents is the criteria used when it comes to deciding if money can be spent on traffic-calming measures.
But surely everything possible should be done to give children every incentive to walk to school.
After all, next month is Walk To School Week from May 17 to 21 when everyone is urged to go to school the fit and healthy way.
We must do all we can to make routes to schools as accessible and safe as possible for all our children.
And this story should also be yet another reminder about the large number of irresponsible dog owners out there who don’t clear up after their pets.
Their thoughtlessness can have far-reaching consequences.