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Flint mother's safety fears over busy road close to schools

Published date: 05 December 2013 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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A MOTHER says she fears a child could be killed by a car on a congested road close to two schools.

Barbara Masters, 36, said a combination of parked cars on the pavement, a curve in the road and the speed people are driving could result in a fatality on Min Awel in Flint, which is close to Flint High School and Ysgol Maes Hyfryd.

The mum of four, who lives on the street, has made an appeal for drivers to stay below the speed limit.

Flintshire Council said there are 20mph advisory signs covering roads around Flint High School which complement the existing school warning signs on Northop Road on both approaches to Maes Hyfryd Junction and also leading from the Fourth Avenue direction.

A spokesman added a vehicle activated sign is situated on the A5119 Northop Road highlighting that there are school children in the area, which alerts motorist’s approaching from Northop.

But, despite the measures, Mrs Masters said irresponsible drivers are still flouting the speed restrictions and putting pupils’ lives in danger.

“Three times in the past week I have seen people nearly crash into me and people are speeding up and down there,” she said.

“There’s lots of children that live on there and I have four kids and the thought of a child crossing between the cars is scary.

“Someone is going to get knocked down and seriously injured or killed – it scares the life out of me.

“It can be chaos on that road – everybody is in a rush but we have to think that a child could get hurt.”

Mrs Masters said the number of parked cars near the school makes an already sharp bend almost blind for drivers and children crossing.

“People can’t see you when cars park there,” she said.

Flint councillor Trefor Howorth said: “I appeal to the residents who live there to please slow down, particularly on these dark nights.

“It would be tragic if we had an accident there which would blacken Christmas.

“It is a bendy road and when there are a lot of cars parked there it is worse than other streets in Flintshire.”

Flint Councillor David Cox agreed that at times, motorists needed to consider their speed.

He said: “In areas near [Min Awel] there are cars parked on both sides of the road.

“There is a problem with boy racers using these roads.

“It’s sheer lunacy at times when I see it – and it’s not just youngsters that are running around but other people that we would not expect.”

Cllr Cox added that he was unsure whether there was anything councillors could do and that it was up to drivers to consider slowing down when roads are busy.

Neal Cockerton, Flintshire Council’s head of assets and transportation, said: “The council will include Ysgol Maes Hyfryd in proposals in a programme for the provision of more school warning signs and 20mph advisory signs on the approach to the school entrance located on Fifth Avenue.

“These signs would be seen by vehicles approaching from Min Awel direction.

“Notwithstanding the signs in place motorists should always take responsibility for ensuring they drive with particular care in the vicinity of a school.”

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