A SAFETY scheme is promised for outside a Ludlow Primary School after a prolonged campaign by the school, parents and local councillors.

The long awaited safety scheme outside Ludlow Primary School will go ahead before the summer.

Installation of a raised table outside the school comes after a campaign by school governors and local Shropshire Councillor Tracey Huffer.

There is no date for the work yet but it is expected to begin immediately after Cadent, the gas infrastructure provider, vacates the site around Easter.

That means the safety scheme, which includes new signage and the raised table, will be in place before the summer.

“It has taken us a few years to get to this point,” said Mrs Huffer.

“Plans have needed to be revised to ensure they are just right and the money needed to be found in an overstretched highways budget.

“We need this road safety scheme. Traffic speeds along Sandpits Road at times are too high. Although there will not be a formal 20mph limit, the safety scheme will ensure that most drivers will drive at low speeds.

“The plan was to complete the work around about now but gas and water engineering works are well behind schedule. The contractors had drilled test holes in the area when planning the work but somehow missed the tilestone layers that underly East Hamlet. These are a hard as slate and have broken drill bits.

“It is likely to be a couple of months before the utility roadworks on Sandpits Road are completed. Only then can the road safety scheme be put in place.”

Fellow Shropshire councillor Andy Boddington, who represents Ludlow North, says that the scheme outside the Primary School is welcome but should be followed by others.

He says that something needs to be done outside Ludlow School and that speed bumps are not enough.

“We need other school safety schemes,” he said.