Crossing campaign is sparked by accident outside Gosberton school

Sarah Gray, head of school at Gosberton Academy, with pupils  - Dexter Fraser, Joshua Merrison, Sophie McGee, Hollie and Toby Redman, Ashton Shirley, Zoe Barber and chairman of governors Peter Redman.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Sarah Gray, head of school at Gosberton Academy, with pupils - Dexter Fraser, Joshua Merrison, Sophie McGee, Hollie and Toby Redman, Ashton Shirley, Zoe Barber and chairman of governors Peter Redman. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A campaign has been launched for a pedestrian crossing to be installed outside a Gosberton school after a boy was hit by a car.

The boy was on his way to Gosberton Academy when the collision happened just before 9am on Thursday.

We’re concerned about the area outside the school because it’s not a pedestrian crossing

Sarah Gray, head of school, Gosberton Academy

Head of school Sarah Gray praised the driver involved for keeping their speed down as the boy only suffered a swollen lip after he was clipped by the car’s wing mirror.

Miss Gray said: “The ambulance service did attend to check the boy out, but he wasn’t hurt and the driver wasn’t injured either as he was travelling at a responsible speed.

“But if the driver had been speeding, it would have been quite a different story.”

According to Miss Gray, talks have taken place with police and staff at Gosberton Rainbow Playgroup over the “quite confusing” road markings outside the school.

“We’re quite concerned about it because it’s not a pedestrian crossing, nor a school crossing,” Miss Gray said.

“There are just two lines, with no lights or signs around it, which makes it quite confusing and ambiguous for cars driving past the school.

“I think what’s really needed is for Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department to come and look at whether we could do with a proper crossing.”

Meanwhile, playgroup leader Jane Houghton said: “We’d love to have a pedestrian crossing on High Street but is it going to take a really serious accident or a child being killed for something to happen?”

Gosberton county councillor Susan Wray, said: “I am in total agreement that we should make a case for a traffic survey to confirm the need for a pedestrian crossing.

“Gosberton High Street is a major through-route for some heavy, constant traffic but the safety of local residents should be paramount, particularly the safety of young children.”

Andy Wharff, area highways manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Before a decision is made to install a pedestrian crossing, surveys are carried out to measure the numbers of pedestrians crossing at a site, whether they have limited mobility and if they are young children or elderly. The numbers of vehicles are also monitored and if they are cars, HGVs, cycles, with surveys done between 7am and 7pm. “