Road Safety Action Campaign
Over the past year, our school council have been petitioning and campaigning to make the area around our school safer for children to travel. One of the main concerns is the traffic on Pitfield Street where vehicles and cyclists do not always stop for pedestrians on the zebra crossing. There have been many accidents with some of our children and staff being among those involved. The school council have been collecting signatures for a lollipop person and for the zebra crossing to be re-painted by Hackney Council. They also designed a banner encouraging drivers and cyclists to stop for pedestrians at the crossing.
Last Thursday was the action day where they would find out if their requests will be met by Hackney council. Held in St John’s Church Hoxton, the school council were joined by Years 1-6, Hackney Citizens UK, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble (Statutory Deputy Mayor for education, young people and children’s social care in Hackney) and Cllr Feryal Demirci (Deputy Mayor for health, social care, transport and parks) as well as children from St Monica’s Primary School and Randall Cremer Primary School. The children presented a charter identifying all the petitions, including the requests from St Monica’s and Randall Cremer. Cllr Demirci responded to the charter, agreeing to the following actions:
- The green man crossing on Kingsland Road by Cremer Street will be extended
- Road outside St Monica’s Primary School to either be narrowed or to join School Streets programme
- Zebra crossing on Pitfield Street to be repainted within the next two weeks
- New signs on Pitfield Street asking cyclists to slow down before the crossing to be put in place
- A lollipop person will be employed for the zebra crossing on Pitfield Street
We would like to thank everyone who signed the petition and who has contributed towards making this campaign a success!