A PETITION calling for a new crossing to be installed outside a Redditch school is gaining momentum.

It has been launched to help improve safety for the long-term on Colts Lane in Winyates - outside Roman Way First School.

The campaign was started by Jo Monk, the Conservative candidate for Arrow Valley East in the upcoming county council elections, and running mate councillor Matt Dormer, leader of Redditch Borough Council.

Councillor Dormer has said like many other schools, Roman Way First School, soon to be renamed as Arrow Valley First School, has needed to adjust how people enter and leave the site due to Covid-19 guidelines.

"As a result, this means more people are now using the school’s main entrance with the wider gate off Colts Lane," he said.

"However, there is currently no crossing over Colts Lane, no flashing yellow lights, and no other safety measures apart from the yellow zig-zags.

“Clearly this is a Highways issue, and as such will be a top priority for us if we are elected to represent Arrow Valley East at the elections, but regardless of how the elections go this needs to be sorted.”

The petition currently has more than 100 signatures and people can view it via change.org/coltscrossing

Speaking about her campaign, Jo Monk said: “I have been here and seen the issues first hand, and clearly there are problems with the speed of traffic and the current arrangements for crossing the road, which need to be addressed.”

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: “We have been made aware that a petition has been created, which requests an improved crossing facility outside Roman Way First School in Redditch.

"All petitions that are submitted to the County Council are considered and are responded as appropriate.”