Pavement power wins the day for youngsters

Celebrating pupils, from left, Riley Moat ,11, Skye McCormick, 11, Ellie 'Kania, 10, Leah Rose, 11, Ella Millington, 11, and Jon-Paul Powell, 11, with'Living Streets mascot 'Strider'.
Celebrating pupils, from left, Riley Moat ,11, Skye McCormick, 11, Ellie 'Kania, 10, Leah Rose, 11, Ella Millington, 11, and Jon-Paul Powell, 11, with'Living Streets mascot 'Strider'.
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It is a problem that many will be familiar with – creaking pavements in desperate need of repair.

And safety conscious youngsters at one Blackpool primary school were so concerned about their walk to lessons, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

The campaigning pupils from St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary, in Lightwood Avenue, tabled a report straight to Town Hall bosses, highlighting their fears about the state of the pavement near the school.

Led by the school’s young road safety officer Riley Moat, they made such a convincing case council bosses decided to act, working with the charity Living Streets to fund repairs and create the perfect path.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “The pupils at St Cuthbert’s did a tremendous job in making the case for repairs to their pavements by highlighting problems and stressing the importance of walking to school.

“As a result they have got their wish and I’m delighted they will be able to get together with the team to celebrate the success of the project.

“I understand that walking rates have increased significantly as a result and that can only be a good thing for children’s health and fitness as well as the environment.”

Officials from Blackpool Council, including local councillor Coun John Jones, and the chairman and chief executive of Living Streets met with teachers and pupils to celebrate the project.

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