School road safety – priority for parents

Alex and Willie pictured with parents and pupils at Benarty Primary

Lochs councillors Willie Clarke and Alex Rowley met with
parents from Benarty Primary School this week to discuss the concerns of the
Parent Council about road safety at the front of the school when children are
coming and going from school. The councillors also observed the level of
traffic on and around the school in morning and afternoon.

Mr Clarke said; “The Parent Council are rightly concerned
about the volume of traffic and congestion caused by the build up of traffic around
Lochleven Road in front of the school in the mornings and afternoons.  We have now met with officials from
Transportation and they will look at these concerns with a view to bringing
forward suggestions on how best to tackle the issues”.

Fife Council have carried out studies previously to see if a
traffic signal crossing in front of the school would be justified but concluded
this was not  necessary. However the
councillors have said that this must be looked at again as part of the travel
plan for the school.

Mr Rowley said; “We wanted to make clear that nothing would
be ruled out as a result of cost and if a crossing is needed in this area then
we will fight to get the cash. We now intend to work with the school, the
transport officials and the parents over the communing months to examine the
issues in more detail and find a way forward to address the concerns of parents”.

It is intended for further meetings to take place before the
next scheduled Parent Council meeting at the start of November where a further
discussion will take place on the issues and possible solutions.

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Alex Rowley is Fife Labour Leader and councillor for The Lochs