Dereham school joins calls for improved safety on busy road

Northgate's student council have been conducting their own road traffic analysis. Picture: Northgate

Northgate's student council have been conducting their own road traffic analysis. Picture: Northgate High School - Credit: Archant

A school in Dereham hosted a meeting between community representatives to highlight the need for safety improvements on one of the town's busiest roads.

Northgate High School conducted their own traffic analysis of Quebec Road, which runs behind the school, and is the latest group to call for changes.

The meeting was held at the school this month and among the attendees were Breckland District councillors, William Richmond and Harry Clarke, and Ben Rayner of Norfolk County Council's Highways team.

The school presented the research which has been conducted over a five month period the school council and teacher, Katie Theobald, noting that they have seen as many as 420 vehicles driving down the road within a 45 minute period.

Speaking of the school council's work, Miss Theobald said: 'They have conducted several surveys, met with councillors, the Mayor, trustees, governors, residents and attended the meeting.

'It is important that people are able to listen to the viewpoints of the pupils - those that actually use the road. There are also some council members giving a road safety assembly on Friday so they are fully on board with Northgate's drive on road safety.'

The school's analysis has been given strong support from Mr Clarke, who is also a resident on Quebec Road.

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'It now has reached a point where we need action,' he said.

'I've recently sent a long list of concerns to the county council but I am also organising a petition to them from all concerned residents and parents to show the strength of concern, and hear any points I may have missed.'

Quebec Hall, a care home that is located on a national speed limit section of Quebec Road, said that they do not want a serious accident to be the motivating factor.

Officers from Breckland Police singled out the area while conducting speed checks at the beginning of January, writing on social media that there were 'far too many tickets being issued.'

Norfolk County Council have stated that requests for speed limits are considered in line with the Speed Management Strategy, developed in line with the Department for Transport guidance and in consultation with Norfolk Constabulary, and due to limited resources they need to consider the history of road accidents.

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