Lynne Featherstone MP launches local ‘safe school crossing’ petition

Lynne Featherstone MP has today launched a petition in support of the Haringey Lib Dems’ campaign for safer local school crossings.

Recently published figures show that over 40 schools in the borough do not have a pedestrian crossing within 80 metres.

The local Lib Dems are now calling on the Labour-run council to make sure every school in the borough has a pedestrian crossing nearby – so that all children can get to school safely.

Local MP Lynne Featherstone has a strong record of campaigning with residents and starting successful petitions. This year alone, Lynne’s campaigns have secured step free access at Alexandra Palace station and an extra £23.5 million for Haringey’s health services.

Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone said:

“Over 40 schools in our borough do not have a pedestrian crossing within 80 metres of their entrances. This means many parents and children have to cross busy roads just to get to school and back.

“That’s why we’ve launched this campaign for a safe crossing outside every local school. I’m in touch with head teachers and local residents, to gather support for the petition.  I hope as many local residents as possible will sign it.”

Cllr Liz Morris, Haringey Lib Dem Spokesperson for Children, comments:

“The Lib Dems believe that every school child in Haringey should be able to cross their road to school safely on a pedestrian crossing. In Haringey we have too many schools where pedestrian crossings are either too far away from the schools or the crossings themselves are poorly sited or laid out – and this puts our children at risk.

“The irony is that Haringey Council actively encourage children and families to walk to school because it is healthier and better for the environment yet many children cannot get to their schools safely.

“Labour-run Haringey Council must prioritise road safety around schools and we are calling on residents and the schools themselves, to support our campaign.”