No waiting restrictions at Blurton death crash site
TRAFFIC calming measures are being installed outside a school where a 12-year-old girl was killed.
Speed humps and 'no waiting' restrictions are being put in place outside Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy in Blurton – 18 months after schoolgirl Courtney Holdcroft died.
The youngster was leaving an after-school club on June 13 last year when she was struck down and killed by a bus outside the Beaconsfield Drive school.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council wants the safety measures installed along the stretch in time for the school's move to its new building early next year.
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Former Blurton and Newstead councillor Roy Naylor, who launched a petition to install a pedestrian crossing outside the school, has welcomed the move.
Mr Naylor, of Ballinson Road, said: "Anything which is put outside that school to improve things for the children is great.
"But I particularly welcome the no waiting restrictions because it can be a nightmare along that stretch when parents pick up their children."
Over the past 18 months, the bus stop outside the school has been moved a few metres down the road and speed restriction signs have been put up.
And now, the new proposals will see the introduction of no waiting restrictions, no loading or unloading between 8am and 6pm weekdays and no stopping at any time, along Beaconsfield Drive to its junction with Kearsley Way, as well as the installation of road humps along nearby Emsworth Road.
Mark Stanyer, principal at the academy, said: "It has been our aim to make that stretch of road as safe as possible and it is great that we are finally seeing some momentum now, especially as we are moving into our new building soon.
"There has been a raft of measures put in place in recent months so we certainly welcome anything that can be put in to make sure traffic travels at an appropriate speed."
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, added: "We have reviewed road safety on Beaconsfield Drive close to the existing Blurton High School and a public consultation is now under way.
"We are looking at a scheme which will both raise awareness of road safety and ensure as far as possible the safety of pedestrians, particularly schoolchildren, with the opening of the new Sir Stanley Matthews Academy planned for January 2013."