Pupils’ artwork promoting road safety

July 15, 2021

Pupils from Selby Community Primary School have been showcasing their artistic talents with new speed limit signs.

Around 150 pupils from the school between the ages of seven and 11 took part in the competition, with the five winning designs now in place in the Flaxley Road and Charles Street area of the town.

The assistant headteacher of the school, Anna Calrke, said: “Pupils were encouraged to design a road safety poster in 20mph zones after a number of reports of speeding in the area. The children really enjoyed taking part and some of the designs were brilliant. “We are delighted to see the five chosen designs printed and placed on road signs around the estate. They are a great way to remind residents and visitors of the speed limits in the area and reduce the risk of serious accidents.” Selby District Council and Residents Association worked with local tenants and the school to organise the project after receiving a number of reports of speeding.

Cllr Karl Arthur, who represents the Selby Barlby Division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Derwent Ward of Selby District Council, contributed £500 to the project through his NYCC Locality Budget. He said: “This has been a great example of collaboration between different organisations to deliver a project which I’m proud to have been part of. “We are passionate about road safety initiatives and we hope this has the desired effect of reducing speeding in the area to create a safer environment for pedestrians and road users alike.” Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, added: “It is great to see how joint working with the community and our tenants has helped to improve the Flaxley Road and Charles Street area, especially around road safety. “It is important that we continue to work with our local tenants’ groups to ensure that we are supporting and meeting the needs of our local communities. We have many tenant groups which help shape Selby District Council’s housing service. I encourage any Selby district tenants who would like to be involved in tenant groups to get in touch with the housing team.”

Selby Community Primary School signs. (24-06-57 SU)

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