Speeding around Chipstead Valley School
02/07/2014 18:39:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Over the past week I've been contacted by a number of parents concerned about the repeated incidents of speeding around Chipstead Valley Primary School.
They are absolutely right to be concerned and I've taken up their concerns directly with the Council.
There are proposals to implement a zebra crossing outside the School by Sandown Road to improve road safety and deal with some of these problems. A report has been prepared for Croydon’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee to consider the proposed crossing at their next meeting on 21st July 2014. If approved, the next stage is a period of statutory consultation before implementation can take place. I intend to be at that meeting and I have also contacted the Cabinet Member asking for her support on the scheme.
Once this essential process is complete, installation of the crossing is likely to take place later this year during the autumn, as it will take some time for the construction work and electrical connections to be carried out. But I'm told that this timescale is subject to change as any objections raised by local residents or other interested parties during the consultation period may have to be considered at a future meeting of the Committee, which could delay or even stop the scheme. I believe that this will be very unlikely, but it's worth expecting it and preparing just in case.
I also asked about the new Labour administration's position on the provision of school crossing patrols. At the moment they have not instructed Council officers to reinstate them. Labour had promised to do this in their manifesto, but they've only had control of the Council for a month so I'll report back when I have more information about their plans.
Reduced speeding zone
The last Conservative administration had secured funding to reduce the speed limit on this section of Chipstead Valley Road to 20mph. This is something that is currently being discussed with Surrey County Council as only a small section of the road outside the school actually falls within Croydon’s boundary. This is likely to take some time because Croydon and Surrey have different policies and agreement is necessary to implement a scheme that will achieve a consistent and effective reduction in speed.
I've contacted the local Safer Neighbourhood Team for their information and for them to keep and eye on the area.
I'm in contact with Roger Capham, Chair of Governors, and Mark Rosewell, the Head as well as several parents. I'll update this blog as soon as I have more information.
In the mean time please do not hesitate to get in touch with any concerns: email@example.com.
Update: 3rd July
I've had a response from Cllr Kathy Bee who believes the application won't be controversial - which is encouraging.
The local police have responded to my enquiry and are aware of the near misses recently and problems with cars and children crossing by the schools. The are is covered by the Coulsdon West Local Policing Team who will continue to monitor the situation.