1,000 call for action on road danger


David Humphreys

A PETITION launched by school pupils calling for a footpath on a “dangerous” stretch of road has gained more than 1,000 signatures.

Pupils at Argoed High School, Mynydd Isa, launched the petition last month in a bid to prevent a serious accident on a road used to walk to and from school.

Youngsters behind the plea document expressed concern at the lack of footpath on the 0.6 mile stretch of road, leading from the school to the crossroads at Alltami. They also want to see clear speed limit restrictions introduced.

Flintshire Council said a footpath and street lighting is being “considered, prioritised and taken forward” as part of a funding bid to the Welsh Government.

Year nine pupil Emma Pryce is one of the campaigners and is delighted at how successful the petition has been.
“I had an email from a member of Argoed Community Council to say that they, along with Buckley Town Council, had written to Flintshire Council to recommend the footpath,” she said. “The amount of support has been amazing.”

Emma, 14, said there are blind corners on the road and a speed survey last year found 85 per cent of drivers travel at 34mph or more – above the 30mph limit.
“That makes it more dangerous for pupils. It’s vital we get this footpath secured,” she said.

Pupils estimate the cost of installing a footpath would be about £160,000. They have arranged a meeting with councillors on June 6 to establish what they can do next to move the campaign forward.

Buckley councillor Carol Ellis, who has signed the petition, said: “I’ve been invited along with other councillors and I think to reach 1,000 signatures is a credit to the young people.” 

Previously, Neal Cockerton, Flintshire Council’s head of assets and transportation, said: “Following a feasibility study proposals for a new footway scheme, including a street lighting system, have been identified for the route used by pupils walking to Argoed High School.
“This scheme, along with a number of others, will be considered, prioritised and taken forward as part of a future bidding round to Welsh Government for Safe Routes in Communities funding.”

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