Pupils campaign to make Leeds street safer

Pupils from Chapel Allerton Primary School carrying out speed gun tests with a PCSO.
Pupils from Chapel Allerton Primary School carrying out speed gun tests with a PCSO.
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YOUNGSTERS in Chapel Allerton are campaigning for safer streets after their local lollipop lady was involved in a road accident.

Pupils at Chapel Allerton Primary School (CAPS) are campaigning to install a zebra crossing at Potternewton Lane.

Youngsters involved with the school council have written to local police, councillors and Leeds City Council representatives to express their concerns over the safety of pedestrians on the street.

Teacher and CAPS’ council leader Emma Foster said: “Our school council feels very strongly that there should be a crossing in place on Potternewton Lane for the safety of pedestrians – particularly children travelling to and from local schools such as ours.”

She added: “The children were concerned about the lollipop lady who has actually been hit by a car before.

“They are also concerned about cars that are travelling too fast, and cars parked on the side of the road that make it difficult for the children to see when they want to cross.”

After writing the letters, the school council held a meeting with representatives including local councillor Jane Dowson (Lab, Chapel Allerton).

Emma added: “At the meeting, the school council was listened to by the councillor and her colleague.

“The outcome was that the area was on a waiting list for a crossing but that this wouldn’t be happening for some time due to other sites being priorities.

“After the meeting, the school council decided to build their case for a crossing at the site and contacted the local police station to request use of a speed gun to carry out their own speed survey.”

Pupils and teachers from CAPS met with a Police Community Support Officer at Potternewton Lane earlier this week where they had the chance to carry out the speed gun tests and learn more about road safety in the area.