Horncastle campaigners look for schools’ support

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick EMN-140519-162821001
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick EMN-140519-162821001

Residents living in Stanhope Road, Horncastle are hoping to get local schools involved in their campaign to reduce the speed of vehicles.

The residents claim speeding vehicles are making their lives a misery and fear it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.

Their campaign has attracted support from Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

Now, they are planning to enlist support from pupils at the nearby Horncastle Primary School and St Lawrence Special School.

They aim to invite pupils and Horncastle police to check the speed of vehicles.

A spokesman for the campaign group said: “A lot of children either walk or cycle to the two schools and the road can be very dangerous - because of the volume of traffic and the speed many vehicles are travelling.

“I’m sure a lot of drivers would slow down if they saw children - and the police - pointing a speed gun at them.”

The new initiative coincides with the publication of new statistics released by British charity Sustrans, which is calling for safer streets.

The organisation says that 41 per cent of parents of children aged between 5-11 who took part in a national survey reported they had been involved in some sort of ‘near miss’ while walking or cycling to or from school.

The Stanhope Road spokesman added: “We fully support Sustrans and will be calling on the County Council’s Highways Department to implement traffic calming measures.

“We would like to see a 20mph limit introduced near to schools to protect children who are either walking or cycling.”