Safety demand for better crossing facilities for Bedwas children


Plaid Cymru activist Daniel Llewellyn has called on Caerphilly Council to improve crossing facilities for children attending Bedwas Primary School.

Daniel Llewellyn, who has been an election candidate in the Bedwas, Trethomas & Machen, ward said:  “I’ve been approached by a number of parents who are very concerned about the safety of their children crossing Church Road to the school.  The children have been without school crossing patrol for some time, with no relief staff available. 

“Parents who want their children to be more independent now feel they cannot allow them to walk alone to school when the traffic is very busy.

“Caerphilly Council has said in a letter to me that a patrol  could possibly be restored  by the end of this term or beginning of the next one in September. I hope this is the case because the sooner the better where safety is involved.”

Daniel Llewellyn added: “The council also told me that a proposed pedestrian crossing by the school met the criteria for installation but was not implemented.  I think this needs to be looked at again with a view to improving the safety of local children.”

In a letter, the council said it had  been unable to arrange cover through safety wardens and the police for crossing patrols through safety wardens and the police. “Unfortunately, over the last few years we have been unsuccessful due to workload and staff shortages,” said the council.