Town MP hears about road safety campaign

St Mary's CoE Primary School pupils Caitlyn Desousa, Safa Fah, Safreen Razaq,  Abigail Charlton and Ellie Stanley with Banbury MP Victoria Prentis NNL-150716-143609001
St Mary's CoE Primary School pupils Caitlyn Desousa, Safa Fah, Safreen Razaq, Abigail Charlton and Ellie Stanley with Banbury MP Victoria Prentis NNL-150716-143609001

Pupils at St Mary’s CoE Primary School in Banbury welcomed MP Victoria Prentis to hear about their campaign to promote safe travel to school.

Children from Years Five and Six talked to the Banbury MP on June 26 about their their work to promote safer journeys by foot bicycle or scooter, calling themselves the STAR team (School Travel and Road Safety).

They also presented a powerpoint session to support their wish for time-limited parking in Compton Road carpark, and Mrs Prentis also spent the day visiting each of the classrooms and speaking to teachers and children.

Sarah Wallis, parent governor at the school, said: “It was a fantastic day and her visit gives a real boost to the campaign and her continued interest in the STARS team will be a real positive help as we try and promote safe travel to school.

“She said she was going to take an active interest and hopes to get some temporary permits for those parents at the school who have to drive.”

The campaign for safer travel at the school started three years ago and already about 80 per cent of pupils at the school on Southam Road already walk, bicyle or scoot in the morning.

Mrs Wallis added: “Our aim is to ensure some safe parking in the Compton Road car park so that parents who need to drive can drop their children off can do that.”