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Urgent talks following third road accident near Spalding Academy

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Authorities will be working together to find a solution for a busy road following the third crash involving a school pupil this year.

A 14-year-old boy, who attend Spalding Academy, suffered minor injuries following a collision involving a cyclist and a car on Thursday morning.

Lincolnshire county councillor Rob Gibson, who represents the Spalding East ward, met with the highways officers on Thursday but also wants to work with the school and parents to find a solution.

Scene of the collision in Halmer Gate, Spalding
Scene of the collision in Halmer Gate, Spalding

Spalding Academy says it is holding additional education sessions with pupils along with the the possibility of operating a bike ban.

A 12-year-old boy was injured after being hit by a double decker bus in June on Halmer Gate and a further collision was reported in October.

Coun Gibson said: “The first accident highlighted that something needed to be doe on Halmer Gate. Any accident is not acceptable.

“The meeting with the Highways officer went very well. He wants to go away and have a look at things. We know what the problem is we are now looking at the solutions.”

Coun Gibson said that highways will be looking at road markings to stop motorists parking near junctions along with the distance close to the pelican crossing.

He said: “We need to work with the school about education of cycle proficiency and road awareness along with speaking to parents and to educate where it is feasible to park.

“When the children come out of school it is like a sea of uniform as there are a lot of children.”

Executive deputy head teacher Brett Sinclair said that this is an ongoing problem.

He said: “I can confirm that as part of our response to these issues, we have added additional sessions to our keeping young people safe programme that occur in both our Personal Social and Health Education and tutor time lessons.

“This is accompanied by a set of support assemblies that dovetail with the information delivered in the sessions.

“We also operate a bike safety programme in partnership with the police, which leads to students working through a warning system and then ultimately a ‘bike ban’.

“Believe it or not, in cases of repeated dangerous behaviour, cycles are impounded as part of the sanction system!

“Pastoral staff also undertake announced visits into the community at the end of the school day to try and install further the expectations we have.

“Ultimately, we do everything we can to keep our young people safe beyond our school grounds.”

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