Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has expressed his anger about Reading Borough Council delays to fix the yellow flashing warning lights on Dee Road outside English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School and St Michael’s Primary School, with two children recently being involved in collisions.
In the last week, a ten year old boy from St Michael’s School and a four year old boy from English Martyrs’ School have been knocked down by cars on Dee Road.
Together with representatives from English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School and St Michael’s Primary School, Alok attended a meeting on the 28th January 2015 with Jo Lovelock, the Leader of Reading Borough Council and two transport officers from the Council at which the Council agreed to take responsibility for fixing the flashing warning lights, which have never been turned on.
Alok has written to Reading Borough Council’s Managing Director and the Leader of the Council to ask for an urgent meeting with the school headteachers, to explain the delays in fixing the flashing warning lights.
Alok Sharma said: “It is horrifying that two young children have now been involved in accidents on Dee Road and it is very fortunate that there has not already been a tragedy. The Council has had months to get the flashing warning lights outside the two primary schools on Dee Road working and yet still nothing has been done and there has been a total lack of communication from the Council with the schools, which is frankly unacceptable.”