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Call to solve school road safety issues in Earley

Cllr Clive Jones, leader of Earley Town Council joined Hillside Primary School staff to call for cars to slow down on Rushey Way. Picture by Andrew Mickleburgh

COUNCILLORS across Earley have joined a school’s call for help over speeding worries.

Teachers and staff at Hillside Primary School have been encouraging drivers to slow down on Rushey Way as children arrive and leave the site.

Last week, Cllr Clive Jones, leader of Earley Town Council and Cllr Andrew Mickleburgh, councillor for Hawkedon joined the efforts to slow traffic.

Cllr Mickleburgh said: “I was stunned and shocked at the number of cars absolutely driving above 20mph even when teachers were standing there.

“Outside the school there are chicanes and 20mph speed signs. But the gaps after the chicanes are where cars are accelerating and exceeding 20mph.

“Some parents and children try to cross at the chicanes but the majority cross between them — the area where cars are speeding and exceeding the 20mph limit.”

But Cllr Mickleburgh said he is positive a solution will be found.

“I contacted the Police Community Support Officers and Civil Parking Enforcement and they’re going to organise a joint operation outside Hillside School and Loddon School,” Cllr Mickleburgh said.

“A visible deterrent is always really helpful. I’m really pleased they’re going to do this for a number of days.”

Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways at Wokingham Borough Council and councillor for Hillside, which includes Hillside Primary School told Wokingham.Today she and council officers have been talking to the school staff for some time about the issues raised.

She said: “I’m in discussions with the school and I want to meet with them to discuss the problems in full, and find a proper highways solution.”

Cllr Jorgensen said she would work to find the most appropriate solution to the school’s concerns.

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