A local campaign group has held a 'protest walk' to draw attention to what it believes is an unsafe local route for children to walk to school. Members of the group walked along the route at 7.30am when parents would normally start taking their children to school. MP for South Norfolk, Richard Bacon, took part in the walk and said in an interview: 'I am shocked that anyone would think this is a safe route. I have written to Norfolk County Council asking for a review of this as soon as possible.' The group also put together a petition.
How has the council responded?
The council is standing its ground. It said it has assessed the route several times using different criteria and classed it as a suitable pedestrian route. The council's head of passenger transport Tracy Jessop said in a report: 'We have walked the route with members of the action group to further assess its suitability and note their concerns. We have since improved visibility... are satisfied that this remains an available route to walk to school.'
How was it covered in the media?
The local paper Norwich Evening News reported on the event. It has an ongoing campaign called Park Safe to target parents who park dangerously around schools. The protest taps into a larger debate on the issue of school safety.