Posted on 12th December 2016
Police have been teaming up with Dove Holes C of E Primary School and local councillors to help boost safety and slow down motorists through their village.
This comes after a Dove Holes resident, Leanne Wild, began a ’20 is Plenty’ campaign to encourage motorists to slow down to 20mph when driving along the A6, particularly at school drop off and pick up times.
Leanne Wild said: “I never realised how busy the roads were and how close the traffic is to pedestrians until my daughter started at Dove Holes Primary School. It is especially difficult with the responsibility of a young child and a toddler in a pushchair.
“30mph appears too fast, especially close to the school at busy times, so we are campaigning for motorists to slow down and help us to make our roads safer for children, pedestrians and other road users. This will also help to increase the quality of life for people living along the main road by helping to reduce traffic noise.”
To help kick start the campaign, Leanne contacted her local PCSO Karen Green from the Chapel and Chinley Safer Neighbourhood Team.
PCSO Karen Green and Councillor Jim Perkins from High Peak Borough Council began to support the campaign by visiting haulage and bus companies in the local area. The pair handed out advice leaflets to drivers and encouraged them to spread the message with their own friends, family, and neighbours.
PCSO Karen Green from the village’s Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We are in the very early days of our 20 is Plenty campaign but it is fantastic to see the school, council, and local businesses getting on board with the suggested reduced speed limit.
“Leanne has done a brilliant job and I am proud to be a part of it. Cemex UK has offered fantastic support and sponsorship for the project, funding high visibility vests for the whole of Dove Holes Primary School and future signage outside of the school.”
Hayden Gill, Production Manager at Cemex, added: “We were approached by Councillor Perkins to sponsor and support our local school with their speed project and we were more than happy to help.
“A lot of our trucks leave the quarry so we have been educating our drivers about supporting the project and observing the 20mph at school hours, along with putting up signs around the quarry.”
Councillor Jim Perkins said: “I would like to thank Cemex very much for their sponsorship and support with the campaign. In my six years as a councillor this has been the simplest to arrange. One phone call was made to Cemex and they agreed to support and fund the jackets and signposts without any hesitation.”
PCSO Karen Green has also been working closely with Dove Holes C of E Primary School to offer advice to the children about how to cross the road safety and the importance of acting responsibly when walking to and from school. The children have also welcomed guest speakers to their school to learn more about bicycle safety.
Headteacher Jenny Allin said: “With the support of a proactive parent and working alongside the police we can work to boost safety on the school routes.
“As part of our travel plan we will continue to campaign for the speed limit to be officially lowered to 20mph outside of our school, but in the meantime we would like to ask all motorists to help us to make the school journey safer for the pupils and their parents by slowing down”.
To find out more or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call Karen Green on 101, or send her a message here
You can also visit Leanne’s ’20 is Plenty in Dove Holes’ Facebook page to share your views or to get involved with the campaign.