Joint Meeting - Cabinet Members for Children and Young People's Services and Regneration and Development Services
Wednesday, 9th July, 2008 10.00 a.m.
Proposed venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham.
Child Road Safety
Consideration was given to a report presented by the Senior Engineer which advised Members of the initiatives currently being employed in Rotherham and South Yorkshire to improve child road safety.
The report set out in detail how resources were being targeted to improve child road safety and the activities currently taking place in Rotherham outlined.
Specific reference was made to:-
· Road safety education, training and publicity.
· School travel plans and safer routes to school.
· Traffic calming and pedestrian crossings.
· Local safety schemes.
· School crossing patrols.
· School transport.
· Best practice.
Information was also provided on the pilot scheme at Maltby with the introduction of a Traffic Regulation Order on the “Keep Clear” markings around local schools and the enforcement action now in operation.
A statistical breakdown of children injured in road accidents in Rotherham and the KSI’s in Rotherham were circulated for all those at the meeting.
Members welcomed this report and supported the work being carried out.
Resolved:- (1) That the contents of the report be noted.
(2) That the initiatives being used to improve child road safety be supported.
Consideration was given to a report presented by the Director of Resources and Access, which gave an overview of action being taken following the tragic death of a pupil outside WickersleySchool in March, 2008.
The events surrounding the tragic death of a pupil at WickersleySchool were detailed in the report and the options for reducing the temptation to take a “short cut” were outlined.
Discussion ensued on the suggestions to improve road safety in this area and the possibility of extending the fencing either side of the Wickersley footbridge and signage.
It was also noted that the outcome of the Police and Coroner report was still pending so no comment could be made on their report.
Resolved:- That the record of progress within the Directorate and the proposals set out in the report be supported on the basis of:-
· The erection of fencing/barriers in the central reservation.
· Improvements to the footbridge.
· Additional signage to encourage young people to use the footbridge.