A primary school’s campaign to create a 20mph speed limit has notched up a gear after the launch of a petition by pupils.
Members of the student council at Linthwaite Clough Junior and Infant School want to see the limit introduced to make the road outside, Chapel Hill, a safer place for families and other residents.
They decided to start their bid as part of a huge national 20 is Plenty campaign that has been backed by over 200 community-led groups in residential areas.
Students want as many people in the area to sign their petition, which they hope to present to Kirklees Council.
They want officers to consider a range of options to reduce speeds, such as signs and speed humps.
One student behind the campaign, 10-year-old Lucas Bearder, has been helping to deliver leaflets to homes around the area and to collect hundreds of signatures.
He said: “The 20s plenty campaign is a good cause and that’s why we got involved.
“We hope that it will make it a lot safer for everyone when travelling to and from our school and could even help save someone’s life in the future.
“The amount of interest and support that we have got in just a few weeks has been incredible and I’ve been helping to create posters, leaflets and a powerpoint presentation to show the whole school why it is important.”
Headteacher Gail Newton said: “We always like to encourage our children to lead on campaigns over issues that they want to address and the work they have done so far is great.
“While luckily we have not had any traffic accidents so far we don’t want to wait until something awful happens before we act.
“We think it is best to be proactive instead of reactive.”
Labour’s Colne Valley parliamentary candidate, Binnie Joshi Barr, has been working with the students and residents on the campaign.
She said: “It’s been fantastic working with the students on something that they feel passionate about.
“They have come up with lots of the ideas about how we can make it really happen and bring a real change to the community.
“We want to get more people involved with a 20’s plenty campaign around our schools, nurseries and playgrounds.”
For more information on the campaign go to http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/
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