Petition launched calling on more consideration from motorists near Richmond schools

Darlington Road, Richmond.

More than 350 people have signed a petition calling on motorists to be more considerate around Richmond schools.

The petition, which also asks road chiefs to consider lowering the speed limit to 20mph on Darlington Road, has been launched by parents of children attending St Mary’s and Richmond Methodist primary schools.

Karen Andrews, 43, is one of the parents behind the campaign.

She said the idea for the petition was discussed before last month’s accident, which a say a young boy hit by a bus, however the incident highlighted why action needed to be taken.

The petition aims to address a number of issues including parents and bus drivers causing unnecessary pollution by keeping their engines idling when waiting at the schools.

It also urges parents not to park inconsiderately or consider parking further away and walking to the schools when dropping off or collecting their children.

The parents are also asking North Yorkshire County Council chiefs to consider lowering the speed limit past the schools from 30mph to 20mph and look at other ways of making the area safer for children.

Karen, whose child attends St Mary’s Primary School, said: “I’m not sure what the great solution is but if everyone can make a conscious effort to be more considerate that would be a start.”

The campaigners have got the support of county councillor Stuart Parsons and the petition will be passed to North Yorkshire County Council on May 15.

A nine-year-old boy hit by a bus outside St Francis Xavier School last month.

Staff at SFX and St Mary’s have taken steps to improve road safety at the start and end of the school day following the incident.