Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen attends Trinity St Peter's

Cllr Nina Killen attends Trinity St Peter's School Council

 

Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen attended a very special council meeting this week - Trinity St Peter's School Council.

The Harington Ward Labour Councillor met with the young members of the school council to hear their ideas for reducing the amount of traffic outside their school during school times.

Paradise Lane is regularly congested as parents drop their children off and pick them up.

Cllr Killen heard from the young school council members that it can often be difficult just to cross the road.

Cllr Killen said: "I would like to thank the school council members, the headteacher Mrs Deborah Pringle and Year Six teacher and school council facilitator Mrs Bev Riley for inviting me along to hear the concerns that the pupils have and some of their ideas to try ease the problem.

"I live close to this school and see for myself how busy this part of Formby gets at the start and end of the school day. During the peak time, it is often wisest to avoid Paradise Lane altogether because of the congestion.

"The young people on the school council were telling me that it can be very difficult just to cross the road to get to the school.

"Obviously parents dropping their children off want to get as close as possible to the school gate for safety reasons and also to avoid the weather.

"It is a problem which is mirrored outside schools throughout Sefton."

Cllr Killen said the pupils on the school council had come up with some good proposals.

Cllr Killen said: "The pupils have a unique perspective on the issue of traffic congestion outside the school.

"They had a number of good ideas which can help to reduce the problem. They suggested residents' parking permits, a zebra crossing, traffic lights and double yellow lines, but most thought a lollipop person would be the answer. The school already has a walking bus from the Grapes but they felt more children would walk if there was a lollipop person. 

"I was impressed by the pupils and I will give them all the support that I can to turn their ideas into a reality."

Trinity St Peter's School Council facilitator and Year Six teacher Mrs Bev Riley said: "The school council is looking at ways of reducing traffic on Paradise Lane and that's why we invited Cllr Killen to talk through some of the ideas which they have.

"Parents complain all the time about how dangerous the road can be. The school council is looking at just what can be done."