Safety first

Old Edinburgh Road, Viewpark - shops opposite St Columba's Church. Pic of Grace McBride and Councillr Bob Burrows at safety railings
Old Edinburgh Road, Viewpark - shops opposite St Columba's Church. Pic of Grace McBride and Councillr Bob Burrows at safety railings
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PARENTS and councillors this week pledged to oppose a petition calling on North Lanarkshire Council to remove a safety barrier set up to protect primary school children from being knocked down crossing a busy main road.

The council erected an extended barrier in Old Edinburgh Road after complaints that a crossing used by pupils from John Paul II Primary was unsafe.

The measure involved ‘filling in’ a gap in the previous barrier outside a row of shops and moving the crossing point 30 metres and followed concerns raised after a school crossing patroller was struck by a passing vehicle.

But now one of the affected shopkeepers has lodged a petition calling for the previous arrangement to be restored by the council.

Grace McBride, chairwoman of the school’s parent council, said the crossing was much safer following the action taken by the council after the issue was raised with local councillor Bob Burrows.

But Nasir Khan, proprietor of the 10 O’Clock Shop general store, has lodged a petition signed by more than 100 people which calls for the new part of the barrier to be taken away again.

For full story see September 29 edition of the Bellshill Speaker.