Concern for children’s safety (Christine Sinclair)
As a resident of Lerwick’s Gilbertson Road I have big concerns over children’s safety. The speed and carelessness of road users is causing great concern.
Myself, family and neighbours have on various occasions (almost daily) witnessed speeding drivers. Gilbertson Road is a very busy area, Bell’s Brae School being the main example. Gilbertson Road and Hayfield Park attract lots of attention from children of all ages.
The problem has been identified before and speed restrictions were set in place which included a bend in the main road to force drivers to slow down. However, this is not the case, in fact it seems to have encouraged more speeding drivers.
More and more families with young children are moving into the area. I have concerns about my grandsons walking to and from school which is only a five-minute walk but most days their mother picks them up because she is concerned about their safety.
Other areas in Lerwick have more sensible measures in place. At Sound Primary School and roads connected to Sandveien, Nederdale and around the Sound area have speed bumps in place.
Speed bumps would be the best for the safety of children attending school and using the parks and areas along the full length of Gilbertson Road. Also with the new Anderson High School being built I would expect Gilbertson Road to be getting busier with traffic and more children.
We have contacted our local councillor who has been extremely helpful but have had no luck so far in bringing these changes about. Our local MSP Tavish Scott is aware of this upsetting issue and has sent emails to try to back me up with no avail.
The relevant department said because there have been no accidents reported in the last five years, where someone has been physically hurt, they have no concerns about our children’s safety. So do they expect us to wait for a fatal accident before something is done about it?
I have decided to go public with my concerns in the hope the council may intervene before a tragic accident. Our children’s safety is our only concern. New housing schemes have speedbumps so why not Old Gilbertson Road?