Plaid Cymru fears over traffic dangers to Caerphilly school pupils

18/09/2017

Fears have been expressed by Plaid Cymru councillors over the danger to pupils because of serious traffic congestion outside Plas-y-Felin Primary School in Caerphilly. 

Morgan Jones ward councillor Phil Bevan and town councillor Mike Prew, a school governor at the Churchill Park school, are demanding action from Caerphilly council to improve safety around the school. 

Councillor Phil Bevan said: “Caerphilly council has a duty of care to children to keep safe, but the situation at Plas-y-Felin is now spiralling out of control. There is unacceptable traffic congestion with the road reduced to one lane and making it very difficult for buses to pass. 

“As a matter of urgency, the council needs to look at solutions such as using surplus space on school land in front of school to increase available parking. Temporary measures may be needed to improve safety.” 

Councillor Mike Prew said: “I’m very concerned about the danger to pupils and the potential for a serious accident unless action is taken promptly. We need action quickly to sort this out and the council must review the situation outside the school. 

“A number of options need to be investigated such as a ‘walking buses’ initiative. This problem is not exclusive to Plas-y-Felin but there are similar issues across other schools in Caerphilly.”