Monday, 7 May 2012

Save our school railings! N2 protest tomorrow

You want hyperlocal, you got it, albeit with a personal connection...

Walking from Islington and Camden cemetery last Wednesday, I passed Martin Primary School.

Hang on a moment, I thought, didn't I used to go to that school? And so I did!

Between the ages of 4-5 I lived with my parents in two damp rooms in a house on Long Lane. I attended Martin School for a term. Then we moved to the Medway Towns. But my first memories are of Finchley! Crikey!

Ever watchful for a campaign to support, on Wednesday I read a notice telling how a group calling themselves WALKSAFE N2 are holding a protest tomorrow, Tuesday 8 May, over the issue of road safety around the school.

Here's the notice:
WALKSAFE N2 is calling on concerned members of the East Finchley local community to attend a protest outside Martin Primary School, Plane Tree Walk on Tuesday 8 May at 3:30pm.

We are protesting the imminent removal of the remaining guardrails on the School’s pedestrian crossing.

Barnet removed the first set without letting the school or WALKSAFE N2 know in advance. They say that the railings cannot be considered to be “outside a school”!

We are using this occasion to show our support for the WALKSAFE N2 proposals – including a 3 way traffic light at the junction of Church Lane and High Road N2 (A1000), a 20mph speed limit on Church Lane, a pedestrian crossing on Creighton Ave and additional school signs for Martin School.

Please come to show your support.

They also have a petition on the Barnet council website. Text:
We the undersigned petition Barnet Council to ENSURE GREATER PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN EAST FINCHLEY ALONG THE ROUTE OF CHURCH LANE, HIGH ROAD & CRIGHTON AVENUE N2.
Happy to help my alma mater!

2 comments:

David Duff said...

Oh God, oh God, I want to stab my eyes out! Or even worse, read a play by Pinter!

Dear, darling Vicki, please, can't you find another hobby? Something a bit more interesting like, say, crocheting, or collecting stamps, or writing down the girl's names on all those Eddie Stobart lorries, anything really. Or invite Mrs. 'A' round for tea and then tell us about it. There's a slight chance it might be a tad more interesting than school railings!

Vicki Morris aka Citizen Barnet said...

Well, good that no one takes any notice of your counsel, DD, because the railings are to be restored after the Cabinet member for environment (replacement for Brian Coleman) listened to the views of residents.

http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/9715677.Railings_outside_school_will_be_replaced/