Parents are celebrating after winning a six-year battle to get a crossing patrol at a school – with a warden hopefully in place after Easter.
Since Larbert’s Kinnaird Primary School opened in 2007, parents have asked why there is no crossing and campaigned to have one installed.
Parent council chairman Colin Fawkes said: “There have been concerns over the lack of a crossing patrol for a long time. The school is situated on the main route in and out the estate and we felt it was dangerous, particularly in the mornings when the road is very busy.
“It’s been a long slog, but we are happy it’s finally been approved.”
Councillor Steven Carleschi took up the parents’ cause, having the road outside the school surveyed several times by Falkirk Council.
The crossing point outside the main entrance to the school at McIntyre Avenue in Kinnaird Village did not meet the criteria to justify having a pelican crossing created and had to pass further tests to qualify for a crossing patrol.
He explained: “The council has a formula they use to decide if a school needs a crossing and what kind. I had the road surveyed about half a dozen times and each time there was just not enough traffic to justify it.
“But Kinnaird Village is getting bigger as the estate expands and each week more and more traffic is using the road outside the school. The last survey finally tipped over the recommended level and a crossing patrol was approved.”
The local authority is now recruiting for a crossing patrol who could be in place after the Easter break.
To qualify for a crossing patrol, a site survey is done at schools to measure traffic and the number of pupils who will use it
The number of pedestrians and vehicles are counted at the busiest times such as in the morning and when schools finish at the end of the day
To meet the criteria site surveys can also be done at lunchtimes
If 200 children cross at one point and there are 250 vehicles travelling through it in a half-hour period, a crossing is justified; for 300 children and 100 vehicles, further investigation is needed; for 150 children and 75 vehicles, no crossing is needed