Youngster voices road safety fears

A COMMUNITY-conscious youngster has written to the EADT with her concerns over road safety as diversions force traffic through her normally quiet village.

A COMMUNITY-conscious youngster has written to the EADT with her concerns over road safety as diversions force traffic through her normally quiet village.

Briony Staff, 10, of Knodishall, wrote to the EADT in a bid to highlight the problem, which she said is making it difficult for people to cross the road.

Since September 24, the A1094, which links the A12 to Aldeburgh, has been closed for road works and traffic has been sent through Knodishall on the B1069.

Locals claim this has made it dangerous for children, going to either Coldfair Green Primary School or to catch the bus to Leiston Middle School, to cross the road.


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And the children are still waiting for a lollipop lady - or school crossing patrol officer - to start after being told they would get one at the end of the summer term.

Briony said: “My friends and I have to cross this road to catch the bus and it's really busy at the moment.”

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The busiest times of day are before school between 8.15am and 9am and after school between 3pm and 3.30pm.

Her mum, Sarah, said: “It's really dangerous and it's horrendous watching the cars whizzing through.

“It's made it really difficult for anyone trying to cross the road not just the kids.”

She added: “We were told at the end of last term we would be having a lollipop lady start at the beginning of September and she's not going to start now until after half-term.

“I think really the council should've looked at it and thought we're closing this road off and so we should get her to start now - it hasn't been good planning.”

Tim Haxell, the headmaster at the Coldfair Green Primary School, said: “What annoys people is that there was no forethought by the council who should've thought about how the road closure was going to affect neighbouring roads.”

Mr Haxell said a lollipop lady had been appointed but she is not due to start until October 30 - the road works are scheduled to finish before then.

He said: “She's not fully trained yet but they (the council) had a really good opportunity to train her over the summer holidays so she could've been ready in time.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council, said: “We've been struggling to recruit school crossing patrol officers and it's not that we haven't tried. We do try to make sure children are safe.”

The school bus now picks children up on the other side of the road to make it easier for them but youngsters still have to cross the road to the primary school or if they live on the other side of the village.

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