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Camberley pupil turns GCSE coursework into A30 safety bid

Camberley pupil turns GCSE coursework into A30 safety bid

Published by Lucinda Horsley with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Rebecca Curley at 5:34pm 14th June 2019.

A Camberley teenager has taken GCSE coursework and turned it into a bid to lobby councillors to make the A30 safer for schoolchildren.

Holly Davies used her project work for citizenship classes to highlight the dangers she said fellow pupils face every day when crossing the A30 near their school.

She took her petition and presented it to members of Surrey County Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council Local Committee on Thursday (June 13) asking for safety railings to keep children safe.

There is a bridge and traffic lights over the section of the A30 in Camberley but she said pupils walking to Collingwood College and pedestrians would try and cross the road where there was a dropped kerb and an island in the middle.

She said guardrails would keep everyone safe and encourage people to use the footbridge or traffic lights instead of the shortcut of going across the road.

Speaking at the meeting, the 14-year-old Collingwood pupil said:

“Guardrails would restrict people from crossing over the road. Teachers currently have to stand out on the road and there are not enough teachers for that and it’s not their responsibility. If there were guardrails in place it would reduce the number of people taking a short cut.”

More than 300 people signed Holly’s petition – which started as a group work with fellow pupils looking at a topic that would impact the local area and community.

Holly said because people thought the guardrails were a “brilliant” idea she wanted to take it further and present the petition to the council.

She said she tried contacting the local MP Michael Gove but had more response from councillors.

Members of the committee were full of praise for Holly but said sadly because there was already a footbridge and traffic lights in the area they could not fund the guard rails.

They suggested she carried on the campaign by educating pupils in school about the dangers of making a shortcut across the road and not using the safety crossings.

Tory councillor and committee chairman Bill Chapman said: “Lobby the pupils and make them realise how dangerous it is what they are doing.”

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