City should pay up and protect pupils, says MP
Worried parents are warning it is only a matter of time before a child is hurt outside a school.
Mums and dads met their MP, Keith Vaz, outside Thurnby Lodge Primary yesterday to tell him of their fears.
Parents showed the Leicester East MP the areas of Daykin Road and Dudley Road where they said cars speed and endanger the lives of their children.
Parent governor Angela Marston, 40, whose five-year-old daughter goes to the school in Dudley Road, said: "The situation has got so bad that something has to be done before a child gets hurt.
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"The problem we have is that it is a major bus route, drivers use it as short cut and speed all the time and there are a lot of parked cars on the streets where the children go into and leave the school.
"I spoke to someone at the council about the problem but was told there was no money to even do a site assessment. What they more or less said was that there needs to be a serious accident before the school can get prioritised.
"It is outrageous."
Mum Amy Morgan, 36, who has three children at the school, said: "It is terrible. A child is going to get seriously hurt or killed.
"The roads are dangerous and action needs to be taken now, not after a serious accident has happened."
Head teacher Cleo Adediran said the situation outside the 232-pupil school needed to be addressed. She said: "What we would like is a 20mph sign and crossings in Dudley Road and Daykin Road.
"A lollipop person would be a bonus.
"We do what we can in school to educate children about road safety and keep them safe in school. We need to be doing that when they leave the premises, too."
Mr Vaz said after meeting the parents he was shocked to hear of the dangers their children faced each day.
He said: "These children, who are excited about going to school, are being put in danger and should not be.
"I do not think it is too much to ask for the council to find the money to provide a 20mph sign and a couple of crossings."
A Leicester City Council spokesman said: "We do take these concerns seriously.
"Our road safety team has arranged a meeting at the school site for early February.
"Although this isn't on the current programme of 20mph zones, new proposals are always welcome and there is the potential to prioritise new schemes, depending on need."