Bishops Avenue contains a well used school gate, used by two primary schools and sited at the bottom of a steep hill. The gate is poorly signposted, has no road markings to identify it and cars regularly accelerate down the hill passing the gate at speeds exceeding 30mph. This is dangerous and easy to resolve with a 20mph speed limit and better signage and markings.
The Conservative run Council has over many years repeatedly refused requests for improvements to this road on the grounds that there have not been any accidents and that speeding should be referred to the police. We completely disagree with this approach and as part of our Borough wide “Safer to School” campaign we are calling for the following on Bishops Avenue:
- 20mph speed limit
- speed reduction measures (e.g. lit-up speed awareness sign)
- zig zag lines in front of the school gate to alert drivers to the school and stop parking
- a replacement barrier on the pavement edge in front of the gate that adequately covers the full width of the gate opening