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School near Harrogate calls for road safety improvements

Kettlesing Primary near Harrogate call for road safety improvements

Published at 6:15pm 18th December 2017. (Updated at 6:03am 19th December 2017)

There are calls for safety improvements outside Kettlesing Felliscliffe Community Primary School near Harrogate, especially during the winter months.

It comes after a mum and her one-year-old son had a serious fall in icy conditions last week.

Parents of pupils are urging North Yorkshire County Council to apply a number of changes to make the road safer for everyone. 

They want the road outside the entrance to the school to be gritted, as at the moment is isn't, which means it can get extremely slippery and hazardous for parents and children.

In addition to this, the speed limit of the road outside the school is 60mph. 

This causes great concern for the parents and children who have to travel to and from school, as well as walking by the road twice a week to get to the village hall for their PE lessons.

Lisa Taljaard has a son in year one at the primary school:

Kettlesing Primary near Harrogate call for road safety improvements

Kettlesing Primary near Harrogate call for road safety improvements

Ice on the road outside Kettlesing Felliscliffe Community Primary School  

We contacted North Yorkshire County Council for a response. 

North Yorkshire County Council statement:

North Yorkshire County Council places great importance on its winter gritting service and routinely treats one of the highest proportions of any road network in the country. Despite financial pressures on its budget in recent years, it retains the same level of gritting service.

However, even with this level of commitment, it is not possible to treat every road as a high priority. There will be minor roads that will not routinely receive attention. Typically, these will be at the start and end of most people's journeys but the majority of the route taken will be on treated roads.

In such a rural county, it is not possible to treat to the gates of every school. This is why a salt bin is provided immediately outside the school for use on the road on a self-help basis. In addition, routes to schools do receive attention in snow conditions and are among the first routes to be cleared of snow once the priority gritting routes are clear.

Requests to upgrade the route outside Kettlesing Felliscliffe Community Primary School for gritting purposes have been considered a number of times and have been declined. This is because it would be inconsistent to treat this route in comparison to similar routes elsewhere in the county and the budget is not available to extend the treatment beyond that currently covered by our policy.

The speed limit past the school is consistent with similar roads in this kind of rural location and roadside school warning signs are present on the approaches to the school from both directions.

However, in response to the concerns that have been raised, the County Council will review the speed limit to ensure it is consistent with current guidelines.

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