Parents put up road safety signs in street

Mum Lyndsey Short with children under one of the safety signs she has put up in Haugh Gardens. Picture: Michael Gillen
Mum Lyndsey Short with children under one of the safety signs she has put up in Haugh Gardens. Picture: Michael Gillen

Residents fearing for their kids’ safety in a busy street have paid for their own signs to be put on lampposts warning drivers to slow down.

Parents living in Haugh Street in Bainsford are petrified a child will be knocked down by a speeding driver and have formed a group to campaign for safety measures.

The street has blocks of flats surrounding spaces for cars in the middle in a rough square design which parents say drivers are using “like a race track”.

Due to the level of concern, mum-of-three Lyndsey Short (36) has had small signs made up and mounted on lampposts in a bid to urge drivers to slow down and consider the safety of children who play in the street.

The group is also calling for a play park or facility early school age kids and toddlers can use to keep them away from danger.

Lyndsey said: “Cars fly round here all the time, they treat it like a race track, and anyone with children is terrified something is going to happen sooner or later.

“We’ve contacted the council about putting big signs up but the street doesn’t meet the criteria for this so we’ve had to put them up ourselves.

“We’ve asked drivers to slow down but just get mouthfuls of abuse and we’ve called police but it still happens.”

She added: “One of the main problems is that there is nothing for the really young ones to do around here. There is parks but they are too far away to let them wander to.

“We’ve been told we would have to start some sort of residents group to get funding for anything like this so that is what we are doing.

“Hopefully we can make a difference.”

Falkirk Council is aware of the requests made by residents for road signs but insisted it could only stick to national legislation when erecting them for the purpose parents are asking for.

A council spokesperson said: “Signs are used to warn drivers of the likelihood of encountering children in the road ahead and are normally only used near a school, school crossing patrol or playground.”

Police Scotland say local officers have been carrying out routine speed checks in the area and are monitoring the situation.