The lollipop lady was knocked down near Frogmore Junior School and has since returned to work
A lollipop lady was knocked down outside a junior school, prompting parents to call on Hampshire County Council to encourage motorists to cut their speed.
As parents picked up their children from Frogmore Junior School, in Frogmore, on September 24, a 62-year-old lollipop lady was hit by a silver Skoda Octavia in Frogmore Road, off Reading Road.
Paramedics and police officers were called by The Bell Inn at 3.20pm before the lollipop lady was taken to hospital with a minor injury to her ankle.
Since the incident, parents and teachers have raised road safety concerns similar to those that were raised this time last year after school children were forced to walk into Reading Road due to bushes and weeds encroaching onto the pavement.
Staff at Frogmore expressed their sympathy for the woman involved, saying: “It is never a small incident when it involves a car. We are very sorry to hear that she had a nasty experience.
“We value the work that lollipop staff do on the roads, they are a friendly face to the school children.”
The lollipop lady has since returned to work. No action will be taken against the 47-year-old male driver from Basingstoke.
Yateley father Tony Beveridge takes it in turns with his wife to walk their three children to school each morning.
He said: “My continuing concern is the dangerously fast driving that takes place as children travel to school along the Reading Road.
“Children visiting Frogmore Infants or Junior are travelling in one direction with Potley Hill School and Frogmore Community Campus going the opposite way.
“This is along a narrow footpath on one side of the road and includes bikes, prams and dog walkers.
“The children do what children do, as they meet and rush to school they often spill into the road or dash across to meet friends.
“I regularly see cars speeding through, overtaking slower traffic and fear that a serious accident is highly likely.”
He said he appreciated that a temporary speed monitoring device was installed earlier this year, but claims the results were not accurate as the speed checks were made when there were road works so drivers travelled more slowly.
Only one side of Reading Road in the Darby Green area has a pavement and the stretch has a 40mph speed limit which is later reduced to a 30mph zone.
Last October, overgrown hedges in Reading Road forced young children on bikes, mothers with buggies and parents holding children’s hands to step into the road.
As a result of parents speaking out, the county council told landowners and residents along that stretch that it was their responsibility to ensure that their private hedges were regularly maintained.
Frogmore Junior School head teacher Sarah Thorpe said she welcomed a discussion with the authorities about road safety around the school.
“My most important priority is the safety of pupils in and around school – as well as providing them with the best possible educational experience in the classroom,” she said.
“The school works hard to be a good neighbour to others in the local community and appreciates the care taken by all those who live and work locally to keep our children safe.”
Cllr Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment for the county council which has responsibility for lollipop people, said: "The incident was not related to the speed of the vehicle involved. However, in cases where the speed of traffic is a concern we work with the school, Hampshire police and local community to see what can be done to tackle this and we would always encourage drivers that 20mph is plenty when driving near to school.
"The safety of children on their way to and from school is paramount and that is why Hampshire County Council offers a number of road safety initiatives to support children and parents, such as the Streets Ahead which teaches children about crossing roads safely, Bikeability cycle training, and the Junior Road Safety Officers scheme which gives pupils the opportunity to lead on promoting road safety to their school."