New initiative to keep kids safe welcomed

A new initiative to improve road safety and parking outside schools will be introduced in Cramlington.

After pressing for new schemes to deal with traffic and parking issues, Cramlington Town Council has agreed an initiative with Northumberland County Council that will see all schools have 20mph limit zones.

Cragside, East Lee and Hareside Primary Schools will be the among the first to benefit.

Options for each area are being drawn up and the town council and residents will be able to have their say, which could also include extending no stopping areas outside the schools.

Cramlington Town Councillors John Cole and Laura Pidcock, have been campaigning for improvements.

Coun Laura Pidcock said: “Cars are being parked on the pavements when dropping off and picking children up from the schools. This means children and people with push chairs have to walk on the road. At certain times of the day the area is grid locked, and worryingly no emergency vehicle could get into the area.”

Coun John Cole added: “Increasing traffic and parking around school sites creates a dangerous situation for children and is a major inconvenience for residents.”

“e’ve long pressed for improvements and are happy that something will now be done.”