Parents' campaign on Chandag Road 'is having an effect on speed'
Published on: 06 Feb 2015
A local dad who is leading a campaign to make the route to school safer for hundreds of pupils says the measures taken are already making a difference.
Nick Elliott wants to see improvements made to Chandag Road that will slow traffic and make it easier for children to cross on their way to and from Wellsway School and Chandag Infant and Junior schools.
Mr Elliott has been patrolling the road whenever he can with support from another dad, putting out cones to prevent dangerous parking and has got a flashing “slow down” sign installed temporarily.
He said: “It’s reiterating the message that the speed limit is 20mph and it has definitely made a difference. When I’ve been out on the road you can hear drivers applying their brakes, either when they see our hi-vis vests, the cones or the flashing sign.”
Mr Elliott is raising funds towards two permanent flashing signs and has already secured more than £5,000 with the support of local firms and parents and is hoping to quickly collect the £1,300 still needed.
He is also planning to hand out more hi-vis vests for parents to wear on their way to school, to act as a visual deterrent.
After discussions with Bath and North East Somerset Council a new traffic scheme on the road is being condsidered, with details and funding to be confirmed.
Mr Elliott launched the action group after the youngest of his three daughters experienced a near miss with a car as she crossed to get to school.
Anyone who would like to support the campaign can contact Mr Elliott on on 07971 846067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.