Pupils back to school using new crossing


Robert Doman

PUPILS at a school where a lollipop lady resigned after speaking out over road safety concerns have used a new safety crossing for the first time.

Youngsters returning to school at Ysgol Estyn in Hope used the puffin crossing yesterday as they crossed the busy road alongside the school for the first time after the summer holidays.

Flintshire Council provided the crossing af ter comments made by lollipop lady Wendy Ellis, who spoke out about the risk to pupils and parents as they walked across Hawarden Road to school.

She resigned after speaking to the Leader about the matter, having been summoned by Flintshire Council to explain her actions, but was reinstated after two weeks away from her job in March and was there yesterday to help children cross the road.

The council said it reviewed road safety before installing the new puffin crossing, which pupils were able to make use of as they lined up to cross the road on Wednesday.

Cllr Bernie Attridge, cabinet member for environment and deputy council leader, said: “Following a review of road safety at Ysgol Estyn, Hope, a new controlled puffin crossing has been installed during the summer holiday period in readiness for the start of new school year.

“The road passing the school is always busy and the new crossing will make the walk to school safer for children and will also be a welcome safety feature for the wider community.

“The installation is part of a wider programme to improve road safety around the council's schools which includes introducing 20mph speed limits on the road outside each site.”

Flintshire Council used £66,000 of a Welsh Government grant to upgrade the existing zebra crossing to a new puffin crossing with traffic lights.

The new crossing features a Green Man light alongside the continued operation of patrol supervisors, including Mrs Ellis.

Parents agreed with the outspoken lollipop lady about the dangers their children had faced, stating cars often failed to stop when she had been attempting to usher children across.

Mark Robinson, chairman of the Home School's Association at Ysgol Estyn, which had been campaigning for better improved safety measures for pupils, welcomed the measures taken by the county council.

He said: “We are over the moon that children are able to cross safely.

“We were worried an accident would take place there but thankfully the new safety measures will allay many of those fears.”

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