SCHOOL pupils have been enjoying learning all about road safety.
But there are fears they could be among the last to benefit from a national strategy for child pedestrian safety financed by the Welsh Government.
More than 30 year one children at the Cefn Mawr CP school are undergoing training from the staff of Kerbcraft.
However, some people are worried this term’s programme may be the last unless help can be found to keep it running.
Year one class teacher Vicky Goodwin said pupils go out into the local area under supervision and are taught about how to be safe as pedestrians.
She said: “The tuition takes place once a week for about 10 weeks. The children think it is great.
“The Kerbcraft staff are absolutely superb with them. They have been coming to the school for years and really communicate well.”
The programme for five to seven-year-olds currently runs in 31 schools but campaigners fear it will be scaled back or dropped altogether due to funding cuts.
There is to be a reduction in funding from the Welsh Government, administered through North Wales transport body Taith.
Earlier this month protesters gathered outside Wrexham’s Guildhall to highlight concerns over Kerbcraft.
Protesters are calling on Wrexham Council to find alternative funding to make up any reduction and to retain administration staff.
Wrexham Council leader Neil Rogers said: “As a highway authority responsible for road safety, we fully recognise the contribution this service makes in helping to ensure our young people are well equipped with the skills to respond to potential hazards. It is unfortunate that information has been released before the full details of any potential reduction in Welsh Government funding have been confirmed. It is also disappointing some of the information released is inaccurate and has caused confusion and a great deal of concern.
“It is appreciated that Kerbcraft is universally popular and valued by those who deliver and receive the training.
“Wrexham Council is monitoring this situation very closely and will continue to examine potential issues and options available as they develop.”