Council cash could improve safety for Abbeydale school kids
ROAD safety improvements around Abbeydale and Abbeymead schools are among the ideas for how to spend £10,000 offered to councillors for their communities.
Each county councillor could be given the cash to spend on highways projects in their wards, if agreed by cabinet on Wednesday.
The fund is the latest stage of Gloucestershire County Council programme Highways Your Way, which is aimed at localising services.
Highways managers will work with county councillors to find out where people in their wards want the money to be spent.
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Earlier this year, residents near Heron School appealed for parking bays to be introduced in the area, limiting the amount of dangerous parking by parents during term time.
Councillor Andrew Gravells (C, Abbey) is appealing for more people to come forward with ideas on how the money should be spent.
"This is a really good idea, and I'm keen to hear from as many people as possible on what we could do with the money," he said.
"I've already been given several good ideas.
"Heron School has suggested some new ideas which could eventually make it much safer for their pupils to cycle to school.
"I'm looking into that and meeting with road safety officers there very soon. Some people have suggested looking at ways to reduce speeding along some of the roads here.
"This initiative has certainly got people thinking."
Heron School head teacher John Coles said: "Any extension of the existing cycle path network, to include the area adjacent to school, would be a positive step forward and may in turn reduce parking problems."
Councillors will also be given the option of pooling their money with other members to pay for cross-division schemes, such as major resurfacing projects.