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Keep our Children Safe

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Caterham Senior and Preparatory schools cater for over 1000 students between the ages of 4 and 18. Each day, many of these children, with or without adults, cross and recross Harestone Valley Road to get to and from school or to reach the school’s sporting and boarding facilities. In winter particularly, children are crossing this road in the dark. There is no pedestrian crossing between the two parts of the school grounds, simply a raised wide speed bump. There is also a lack of adequate lighting and signage. When one compares the road safety measures outside Caterham School to those on Bluehouse Lane outside Oxted County School, it is apparent that much improvement is needed to Harestone Valley Road. This discrepancy is even more marked since the students at Oxted County School are not required to cross Bluehouse Lane during the school day. On 4th October 2011 a 15 year old boy crossing the road in front of the school was hit by a car. He wrongly thought that the raised, wide speed bump was a pedestrian crossing. He was not badly injured but this incident highlights the need for a proper pedestrian crossing. The school hosts many weekend events when the school grounds and surrounding roads are busy; these visitors often wrongly assume that the speed bump is a pedestrian crossing. We, the undersigned, are either parents of children or staff at Caterham School and residents of roads close to the school. We ask Surrey County Council to act to improve road safety on Harestone Valley Road near Caterham School, including the installation of a zebra crossing, improved lighting, improved signage and improved road markings. Thank you. Questions about his petition should be addresses to Mrs. L Goodwin, c/o Caterham Senior School Office or home@leonygoodwin.com.

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