Staff at Armfield Academy were delighted when local Waterloo Ward Councillor Derek Robertson BEM kindly offered to buy them a set of six Kiddy Road Safety Signs. These sturdy aluminium plate signs can feature one of a number of road safety messages. Armfield Academy in conjunction with The Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT) requested that all six signs said the same thing ‘Don’t Stop Here’.
This message is directed towards vehicles who may be intending to stop within the short double red line zone between Lytham Road and First Avenue.
John Topping, FCAT Community Relations and Estates Lead said: 'since Armfield Academy opened its doors in August 2018 we have been working hard to ensure that all our Primary and Secondary youngsters and their parents/carers can use the pavements safely near the school gates at the start and finish of each school day. Councillor Robertson and officers of Blackpool Council have been very supportive and created the Fylde Coast’s first ever double red line zone between Lytham Road and First Avenue. Along with a raised hump zebra crossing, zig zag lines and safety barriers we are trying to ensure that everyone is safe at these busy times of the day and that cars are parked at sensible distances from the school gates. The metal Kiddy Signs are being well received by parents/carers at Armfield and at other FCAT schools across Blackpool, namely Westcliff, Unity and Gateway Academies’.
Councillor Derek Robertson BEM said ‘John Topping and I have worked closely together over the last four years to make a significant difference to road safety in this area of South Shore. I am also very pleased to have been able to have provided similar kiddy-signs for Thames Road Academy. I have been Waterloo Ward Councillor for eight years and it gives me great pleasure to see monies from the Ward Budget being used to assist with improvements to road safety in Blackpool’.
Main Photo – Councillor Derek Robertson BEM with one of the Armfield kiddy-signs