Two South Essex MPs saw for themselves potential traffic hazards for pupils, during a recent visit to Stambridge Primary School, near Rochford.
Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford and his colleague, Sir James Duddridge KCMG, MP for Rochford and Southend East were shown around the school by Executive Principal, Mr Don Wry and Headteacher Mrs Debbie Loveless and witnessed a number of lessons being delivered.
The two MPs were also briefed on problems caused by speeding drivers on the bend near the school and also the lack of adequate parking, which means that many parents park outside the neighbouring church, but their children then have to walk on a very narrow strip, without a pavement, to reach the school entrance.
The school is examining possible solutions, including traffic calming measures and also the establishment of a car park, in a nearby field, so that parents could drop off and pick up their children more safely.
Both MPs pledged to make representations, including to both Essex Police and Essex County Council Highways, to see what might be done to help alleviate the situation.
Commenting jointly following their visit, Mark and James said:
“We both very much enjoyed our visit to Stambridge Primary School, which is right on the border of our respective constituencies. However, we were concerned to see the traffic situation and the potential hazard which this represents to pupils. We have agreed to work with the school’s leadership to see what might be done to ease the situation and help keep Stambridge pupils safe.”