Safety concerns about roundabout near school

Coun Eunice Huntington at the site of new roundabout.
Coun Eunice Huntington at the site of new roundabout.

PARENTS are calling for safety measures over concerns about a new roundabout near a school.

Fears have been raised over the newly-installed roundabout at Fleming Field, Shotton Colliery – built as part of the 175-property Persimmon Homes development.

Parents of youngsters at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School fear someone could be hurt trying to cross the road nearby.

Marie Evans, whose eight-year-old daughter attends the school, said: “We desperately need some kind of traffic-calming device – a lollipop person or maybe a pedestrian crossing. Someone will be seriously hurt or killed if nothing is done about it.

“Drivers coming up from Station Road and turning left to drive down to Salters Lane are paying no attention as to who is crossing, because they are looking right for other road-users.”

A petition calling for a 20mph speed limit throughout Shotton is available at Shotton Community Centre.

Durham County Councillor for Shotton, Eunice Huntington admitted: “One or two adjustments need to be made.”

But Neil Foster, managing director for Persimmon Homes Teesside, said: “We are not aware of any issues associated with the roundabout. We have done everything in accordance with the highway requirements, and if a lollipop lady is required then that is for the local authority to decide.”

Brian Buckley, the county council’s strategic highways manager, said: “The roundabout has not yet been adopted by the council.

“However, we are aware of some concerns about the layout and have already met with the local school to discuss these issues.

“We are in the process of looking at whether any changes are required and will advise the developer and the school of our findings.”