Pencil shaped bollards – Is there any point?
Pencil shaped bollards are now a permanent fixture at Leckhampton Primary School.
The jolly bollards are part of an array of road improvements designed to make crossing the road outside the school safer.
Dropped kerbs and tactile pavements have also been installed.
A spokesperson for the school said: “Leckhampton Primary School is delighted that changes have been made to improve the safety features along Hall Road and Church Road.
“The School Travel Committee, which includes staff and parents, has worked with the Highways Team to implement the changes, which we hope will lead to safer travelling to and from School for children and families.”
The work has been paid for through the highways local scheme, which provides £22,500 to each county councillor to spend on highways improvements in their area.
Councillors can use their funding for a wide range of schemes from resurfacing and repairs to drainage and safety schemes.
County councillor for Leckhampton and Warden Hill, Councillor Iain Dobie has been working with the school for some time on pedestrian crossing improvements.
He said: “I am pleased that these much needed improvements are now complete and that school children will be able to cross the road outside their school more easily.
“These safety features, paid for out of my highways local fund, make the crossing point much more obvious to drivers and pedestrians.”
Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “It’s good news that this work is now complete and I am sure it will really benefit the youngest members of our community.”
The School Travel Committee was formed in 2012 and began by urging more pupils to walk to school.
The headteacher, Sam Porter, said: “At peak times we have a lot of congestion outside the school.
“We hope to reduce that, particularly in the morning.”
As well as reducing congestion the appeal was introduced to try and diminish pollution.
So with more children walking to school the new safety measures are even more critical.
Leckhampton Primary is a church school located on Hall Road in Cheltenham.
Term will end for the school on July 17 this year.
To find out more about Leckhampton Primary School you can visit its website at http://www.leckhampton.gloucs.sch.uk/