VIDEO: Doncaster parents protest against speeding outside school

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Concerned parents have gathered with their children outside a primary school this afternoon to protest against speeding.

The group of around 80, which also included local residents, held up placards outside the Bawtry Mayflower Primary School, Station Road. Some had drawings of children on with the words “don’t hurt me”.

Town and Parish councillors along with residents, parents and children protest outside Bawtry Mayflower Primary school against speeding on station road. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Speeding MC 1

Town and Parish councillors along with residents, parents and children protest outside Bawtry Mayflower Primary school against speeding on station road. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Speeding MC 1

They are campaigning for a pedestrian crossing to be put place and the speed limit, which is currently 30mph, to be lowered to 20mph.

The protest was organised by Christine Kelly, who has an eight-year-old child and lives only two doors down from the school.

She said: “I’ve saved three boys on different days from nearly been run over and that’s what’s going to happen. One of the children was shaking when I pulled him out of the road.

“I’ve made petitions which I’ve put in various shops, I have no idea how many signatures I’ve got, but it’s a lot.

“I’m determined we will get something done and there won’t be a fatality.”

The protestors were joined by Bawtry town councillor and Station Road resident, Rebecca Dickenson, who said she is worried about the “dangerous and hazardous road”.

“Having calming measures on the road would be fantastic, but nothing has been done.

“We asked Doncaster Council to put in a pedestrian crossing about a year ago, but they came back and said they had carried out a survey and there was a lack of footfall and traffic.

“We are here today to ask them to reconsider. Sometimes it’s not about statistics, every child is important.

“What needs to happen for something to be done?”

The mother-of-two continued: “My ten-year-old son wants to go to the park to play with his friends, but he has to cross Station Road to get to it, so I either say he can’t go or insist on walking with him.

“It’s embarrassing for him, but I am worried about his safety.

The 33-year-old added: “I have lived on this road since I was 18-years-old and I have noticed a steady rise in the amount of traffic since Robin Hood airport was built 10 years ago.”

Headteacher Julie Jenkison also showed her support. She said: “It’s a long standing concern for the parents, the safety of children coming to and from school.

“It’s a very busy road and crossing safely has always been a problem.

“But it’s not just the children, it’s all our local residents. It needs to be safe for everybody.

“I’ve been head here for eight years, and in that time sometimes we have had a crossing warden and sometimes we haven’t.

“Things are a bit better when there is a warden, but that’s just around school times. It needs to be safer at all times.”

Dave Wilkinson, Assistant Director of Trading Services and Assets, said: “We appreciate residents’ concerns, and want to assure them that we have taken their comments seriously.

“However, traffic surveys have shown that a pedestrian crossing on Station Road would not be the best measure to introduce, as there is not sufficient traffic in the area to justify this.

“Instead, we have committed to having a school crossing patrol in the area, and we are in the final stages of recruiting someone to provide that service.”