Active investigation into Broughty’s school crossing routes

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An active investigation into the crossing route concerns of parents at a Broughty Ferry school has been welcomed by a local councillor.

Ferry ward Councillor Kevin Cordell has hailed the news that Dundee City Council is actively investigating the establishment a permanent crossing point near a busy Broughty Ferry junction.

The crossing would be installed near to the junction of Forthill Road and Balgillo Road, where the siting of a School Crossing Patroller has recently been reviewed.

Recently the Gazette highlighted the concerns of parents in the Forthill Primary School catchment after the crossing routes were changed at busy areas.

Councillor Cordell said: “Parents need to be re-assured that when their children set off for school in the morning the route they are taking is the safest one possible.

With the recent confusion over crossing points on Balgillo Road and Forthill Road, that has become even more of the case at this junction and I have been working hard to find a solution.”

Councillor Vari McDonald, who is also a parent in the area, said: “Along with Councillor Cordell, I recently attended a multi- agency meeting to explore ways that the issues with the Forthill Road/Balgillo Road junction could be resolved.

Councillor Cordell and I then arranged a site visit with an officer from City Development, where it was confirmed the idea of establishing a crossing point at a site between Luke Place and Balgillo Road is being actively pursued.”

Councillor Cordell concluded: “Subsequent discussions have confirmed that, whilst extensive local consultation would be required, potential funding sources have been identified as a result of the SNP administration’s recent budget and I believe this could well be the solution to the concerns that many parents have raised over the junction’s safety.”

Convener of Education Stewart Hunter said: “The school has been working with The Parent Council to ensure parents and children are aware of the safest routes to school and where the designated School Crossing Patrollers are sited.

We remain committed to monitoring the area and working with all our partners to ensure everyone is aware of the safest routes possible to the school.”