Public consultation launched on safety measures for The Banks, Bingham, outside Toot Hill School
A public consultation must take place on safety measures for a road near a school entrance, which would be a serious accident waiting to happen.
This follows community concern following three serious accidents near Toot Hill School on The Banks, Bingham, last year.
Francis Purdue-Horan, an Independent Alliance adviser who represents Bingham East at Nottinghamshire County Council, attended an urgent meeting to discuss the matter.
Now the county council plans to build nine speed bumps on the busy road.
Francis Purdue-Horan insisted on full public consultation.
He said: “There have been three accidents, including one serious injury, at this busy junction in the last year alone and a number of near-misses.
“Parents and residents have been in contact with me to try to find a solution.
“The meeting was positive and after reviewing police reports and school correspondence, it was suggested that nine speed bumps could be installed along The Banks as an effective measure to slow traffic.
‘I have insisted on full public consultation – the opinions of residents of The Banks and side roads are essential and will be essential in determining whether or not this proposal is acceptable.’
A survey of residents in early fall will kick off the process, before a formal consultation with residents on the detailed proposals.
If the support is clear, bumps would be put in place from next year.
Mr Purdue-Horan said: “It is clear that we need urgent action. One accident is one too many and I feel that unless it is dealt with quickly, we are likely to see another serious incident.
“Toot Hill School has been supportive, encouraging students to use an unofficial one-way system. It is clear however that this is a serious accident waiting to happen.
Gary Wood, the council’s transport and highways manager, said: “The County Council has a comprehensive program to improve safety on Nottinghamshire’s roads, with a dedicated Safer Highways team providing education, analysis and improvements to reduce the number of people injured on our roads. .
“The team is looking for recurring patterns in contributing factors related to crashes and has identified The Banks in Bingham as a possible site where traffic calming measures could improve the safety of residents and road users.
“Engineers recently met with Neil Clarke and Francis Purdue-Horan on site to discuss their views on potential improvements and we plan to collect initial feedback from residents on their views.
“If there is broad support from the community and the program is feasible, consideration will be given to including it in a future program.”