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Michael Nicholson whose two children aged six and 10 are pupils at Hatch Warren Junior School and Infant School, in Gershwin Road, has called for safety measures to be put in place outside the schools.

However, the county council said it will only install further safety measures after “recurring injury accidents” are reported. 

Mr Nicholson told the Gazette he has become increasingly concerned about the speed drivers travel down the road and fears a child is going to eventually get seriously hurt or killed if nothing is done.

Following an accident on the road, when his car was hit by another vehicle, the father-of-two is calling for measures to be put in place, including lights to show when children are leaving or arriving at school, road markings, and speedbumps to slow drivers down.

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The accident happened on Friday, October 5 when he was waiting to pick up his two children from school.

A spokesperson from Hampshire Constabulary confirmed police were called to the crash involving a car and van on Gershwin Road.

A spokesperson said: “The van failed to stop at the scene. Anyone with information should get in touch quoting the reference 44230408963.”

Michael said: “It has obviously really concerned me because if it had happened only a few seconds later my son could have been sat in the car.

“It is not if, it is when a child gets knocked over. Something like speedbumps would be good even though I know they are expensive. Even just some road markings would be good, something needs to be done.”

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There is a ’20 is plenty’ sign on the road but Michael said it is barely noticeable because “you have to spend all your time making sure you don’t get knocked over by a speeding driver”.

A spokesperson for the county council said that Gershwin Road does not qualify for any further safety measures to be put in place, and it only prioritises schools following “recurring injury accidents”. 

They added: “Physical safety measures are prioritised in areas where there are patterns of recurring injury accidents. This is in line with our current policy on the provision of traffic management measures.

“While Gershwin Road does not currently meet the criteria for such measures, we would urge anyone concerned about vehicle speeds in the area to report this to the police to investigate and respond appropriately.

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“We work with all schools to promote safer and more sustainable travel on the school journey. Both Hatch Warren Infant and Junior Schools are engaged in a number of initiatives, with our support, including our Junior road safety officer scheme and various other local and national active travel campaigns and competitions.

“Parents are also actively encouraged to use the Park and Stride options available locally, whereby they can park further away from the school and walk the remainder of the journey.”

Both schools were contacted for a comment but the Gazette has not had a response.


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