Road fight headteacher praises The Gazette

Parents have been victorious after a campaign to get a crossing patrol at a busy junction near Unity College. They had been campaigning after a seven-year-old child was hit by a car on his way to school.' Lollipop man John Neil is pictured with parents and staff from Unity College.
Parents have been victorious after a campaign to get a crossing patrol at a busy junction near Unity College. They had been campaigning after a seven-year-old child was hit by a car on his way to school.' Lollipop man John Neil is pictured with parents and staff from Unity College.
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A DELIGHTED headteacher today praised parents and The Gazette after a school won its fight for a lifesaving crossing.

Campaigning parents, teachers and children are celebrating after it was announced the crossing on Devonshire Road will continue.

A trial scheme had been put in place last Monday on the road, close to its junction with Warbreck Hill Road, for children walking to nearby Unity College. It came following a campaign by parents and the school after seven-year-old Kadon Chapman was hit by a car on the road earlier this month.

Now council bosses have announced the new crossing will stay put.

Unity headteacher Barbara Lund said: “I’m absolutely delighted by the local authority’s decision.

“I want to thank The Gazette for its support and a lot of credit must go to the parents as well for their sustained campaign.”

Kristiann Frazier, who led the parents’ campaign, said: “It’s awesome and it just makes me smile every time I see the crossing guard on Devonshire Road.”

Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s streets and transport chief, said: “As a result of all of this it has been decided that we will continue to have a patrol on Devonshire Road.

“We will also continue to work with school on options for Warbreck Hill Road.”

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