Bracken Bank footpath is ‘dangerous’

David Mortimer at the point where the Ingrow Lane footpath disappears, close to Oakbank School

David Mortimer at the point where the Ingrow Lane footpath disappears, close to Oakbank School

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A Bracken Bank shopkeeper is backing a school’s campaign for safety improvements at one of its exits.

Oakbank School has barred students from leaving at lunchtime via the sports centre entrance in Ingrow Lane.

The ban was imposed due to safety concerns for students either crossing the lane or walking along the side without a pavement.

David Mortimer, who runs nearby Bracken Bank Stores, claims lunchtime trade has plummeted as a result of the closure.

He wants Bradford Council to provide a new pavement on the school side of Ingrow Lane.

The school has previously requested either a new pavement or a pelican crossing, so students can safely reach the other side, where there is already a pavement.

Students can still leave Oakbank via an exit further down Ingrow Lane, but the distance from school to Bracken Bank Stores is further.

Mr Mortimer said: “I’m not having a go at the headteacher’s policy – I know the safety of children is paramount.

“But I wonder why, in this day and age, there’s no footpath. I want to make it safe for students to walk down – there should be a footpath on the whole length.”

Oakbank headteacher, David Maxwell, said he understood Mr Mortimer’s situation.

But he added: “The health and safety of the children has to come first. We’re very concerned about them walking on the road to the shop.

“I completely agree with Mr Mortimer about the path, and we also want a pelican crossing.”

District councillor Jan Smithies said she had met with Mr Maxwell to discuss safety concerns on Ingrow Lane.

But she is not optimistic Bradford Council will be able to provide cash for a new pavement.

She added Keighley and Ilkley’s six council wards had to share £145,000 a year for all road schemes, from safety measures to winter gritting.

Coun Smithies said: “We’ve got seven or eight requests in Keighley West ward alone, and I’ve had three new requests from residents in three areas this week.

“A lot of these have a good case. We will look at Ingrow Lane and put it on the list, but it will have to compete with all the other requests in the ward.”

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4:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

I don't rate its chances.

1 hour per day - 5 days per week - 39 weeks per year

At other times of the day/week the footfall will be minimal.

Hopefully the Bracken Bank Store business plan will be able to cope without the volume it used to enjoy.
I don't rate its chances. 1 hour per day - 5 days per week - 39 weeks per year At other times of the day/week the footfall will be minimal. Hopefully the Bracken Bank Store business plan will be able to cope without the volume it used to enjoy. MarkPullen
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6:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

jimmy k says...

erm banned from leaving that entrance because there's no footpath,has the head banned them from crossing the road coming to and leaving the school?has there ever been 1 accident involving any child there?
erm banned from leaving that entrance because there's no footpath,has the head banned them from crossing the road coming to and leaving the school?has there ever been 1 accident involving any child there? jimmy k
  • Score: -1

10:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

Strange how the district councilor is more than happy to support a 30 million pound swimming pool project in the center of Bradford over a project in the Keighley area that is a matter of safety and the protection of human life.
Strange how the district councilor is more than happy to support a 30 million pound swimming pool project in the center of Bradford over a project in the Keighley area that is a matter of safety and the protection of human life. G_Firth
  • Score: 1

10:08am Sun 23 Feb 14

Kighley Synic says...

jimmy k wrote:
erm banned from leaving that entrance because there's no footpath,has the head banned them from crossing the road coming to and leaving the school?has there ever been 1 accident involving any child there?
But surely Jimmy it's better to err on the side of caution. If there was even the sniff of an accident, parents concerned would likely march on the school with pitchforks and torches held high demanding the right for a footpath and questioning what sort of idiotic decision allows schoolchildren out when there is no footpath for their sanctuary. Plus, what would they have bought from there other than pop, crisps and Penny sweets anyway.

Good decision on the Headteacher's part.
[quote][p][bold]jimmy k[/bold] wrote: erm banned from leaving that entrance because there's no footpath,has the head banned them from crossing the road coming to and leaving the school?has there ever been 1 accident involving any child there?[/p][/quote]But surely Jimmy it's better to err on the side of caution. If there was even the sniff of an accident, parents concerned would likely march on the school with pitchforks and torches held high demanding the right for a footpath and questioning what sort of idiotic decision allows schoolchildren out when there is no footpath for their sanctuary. Plus, what would they have bought from there other than pop, crisps and Penny sweets anyway. Good decision on the Headteacher's part. Kighley Synic
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12:33pm Sun 23 Feb 14

jimmy k says...

no footpath for their sanctuary?these are secondary schoolchildren we are talking about not primary kids.what is the point of closing an entrance just at one point of the day?if there was a serious issue it would be permanently closed.we can all see dangers and risks in everything we do, the thing is we have to weigh up those risks in life otherwise we wouldn't get out of the bed in a morning. what happens on icy days do we close the schools in case someone slips on their way to school?i guess we'd better stop doing sports in schools as we all know the dangers or sporting injuries.the sweets comment is another topic but do you then close the bottom entrance to stop them going to the chip shop?i think best to wrap the little dears in cotton wool rather then try and treat them as the young adults they nearly are.
no footpath for their sanctuary?these are secondary schoolchildren we are talking about not primary kids.what is the point of closing an entrance just at one point of the day?if there was a serious issue it would be permanently closed.we can all see dangers and risks in everything we do, the thing is we have to weigh up those risks in life otherwise we wouldn't get out of the bed in a morning. what happens on icy days do we close the schools in case someone slips on their way to school?i guess we'd better stop doing sports in schools as we all know the dangers or sporting injuries.the sweets comment is another topic but do you then close the bottom entrance to stop them going to the chip shop?i think best to wrap the little dears in cotton wool rather then try and treat them as the young adults they nearly are. jimmy k
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2:00pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Kighley Synic says...

Schools do close when ice on their grounds makes it hazardous for the pupils; schools have to be wary of the "sue 'em and be damned" culture. Parents are often the first to cry foul when anything happens to their children when schools are in a position of care over them.

Plus, kids are at school to learn, not nip out for sweets etc. Unless they have a valid pass out (some schools do this for children whose parents wish them to go home to eat), pupils should stay on the school grounds. Either that or they should take packed lunches.

Imagine if one kid on this 'footpath' even got breathed on by a car; parents would be up in arms demanding that a proper footpath be installed. I fully agree with the Headmaster, get a crossing that controls traffic and allow the gate reopened.
Schools do close when ice on their grounds makes it hazardous for the pupils; schools have to be wary of the "sue 'em and be damned" culture. Parents are often the first to cry foul when anything happens to their children when schools are in a position of care over them. Plus, kids are at school to learn, not nip out for sweets etc. Unless they have a valid pass out (some schools do this for children whose parents wish them to go home to eat), pupils should stay on the school grounds. Either that or they should take packed lunches. Imagine if one kid on this 'footpath' even got breathed on by a car; parents would be up in arms demanding that a proper footpath be installed. I fully agree with the Headmaster, get a crossing that controls traffic and allow the gate reopened. Kighley Synic
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8:42pm Sun 23 Feb 14

jimmy k says...

it's alright saying you agree with the head but your main point as i can see it is you've got to err on the side of caution,but if that entrance is potentially a hazard(again show me a road that isn't )then why is it not permanently closed and not just at lunchtimes?
it's alright saying you agree with the head but your main point as i can see it is you've got to err on the side of caution,but if that entrance is potentially a hazard(again show me a road that isn't )then why is it not permanently closed and not just at lunchtimes? jimmy k
  • Score: 3

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