Praise for 20mph campaign outside Staffordshire schools
PUPILS are celebrating as new speed limit signs were poised to slow traffic outside their schools.
Four more schools have been added to the '20 is Plenty' scheme which encourages drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20mph outside schools.
The initiative, which is run by Staffordshire County Council, has been rolled out to keep children safe while crossing the roads.
Those that will now benefit from the scheme include:
Castle Primary School, Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop;
St Michael's First School, Horton Street, Leek;
May Bank First School, Basford Park Road, Newcastle;
Cheadle Primary School, The Avenue, Cheadle.
Parents today welcomed the news. Helen Wright, aged 35, from WestView, Wolstanton, picks up her daughter Amy Colley, aged six, from May Bank First School.
She said: "I spotted the new signs had gone up the other day and I thought it was a great idea.
"To be fair 20 is plenty because people can come driving down this road so fast that it is not safe."
To keep motorists in check speed indication devices have been installed which display and record the speed of every vehicle that passes past one of the schools.
New yellow signs have also been put in place to remind drivers to watch their speed.
Tracey Pennill, aged 36, from Basford Park Road has daughter Demi, aged six, at the Newcastle school.
She said: "I think it is brilliant and it will be very helpful to everyone.
"I hope that it will make a big difference with drivers and it will make them think twice before speeding down the road."
The speed indication devices will be put into use when pupils arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon.
Staffordshire County Councillor Mike Maryon, cabinet member for road safety, said: "The roll-out of the '20 is Plenty' scheme is great news and testament that we are keen to listen to the views of residents and take necessary action.
"It will help protect the schoolchildren and other pedestrians."
Linda Wright, aged 59, from Porthill, picks up her granddaughter Lola Cronie, aged six, from May Bank First School once a week.
The shop assistant said: "I think that the road needs extra measures in place because you do see all sorts when you are on the school run.
"And with the lollipop ladies being under threat of losing their jobs I think any extra measures that are put in place can only be a good thing."