Council urged to act on school safety risk

bellshill main street - harry mcguigan and harry curran at the area with no barriers
bellshill main street - harry mcguigan and harry curran at the area with no barriers

COUNCIL officials were this week urged to take action over road safety arrangements outside Bellshill Academy after a pupil was involved in a ‘near miss’ with a vehicle.

The school’s parent council has called for the reinstatement of a safety barrier as a measure to prevent pupils running across the town’s Main Street without using designated crossing points.

The barrier was taken away during the town centre roads upgrade carried out by North Lanarkshire Council and replaced with a set of lights further along the street from the school entrance.

But the parent council now want the barrier put back as soon as possible to reduce the risk of pupils being seriously injured, or worse - and they have been backed by the town’s councillors.

Parent council chairman David Jamieson said dangers posed by the removal of the barrier, and the withdrawal of the former crossing patroller, had been brought to their attention by concerned parents.

For full story see September 15 edition of Bellshill Speaker