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Four Chester-le-Street pupils have had their artwork turned into road signs as part of a Durham County Council scheme to implement 20mph speed limits outside 33 schools across the county.
Three of the four winners visited Barnard Castle sign-makers William Smith with their teachers and members of the County Council’s Road Safety Team, to watch as the winning designs were turned into 20mph zone signs. The new signs will be erected on Mains Park Road in Chester le Street to highlight the 20 mph zone being implemented.
Martin Vickers, from William Smith, took the group on a tour of the factory and said: “Both pupils and teachers enjoyed exploring the manufacturing process and seeing how their original artworks were taken from design to finished sign.
As a family run company, William Smith has always played a role in the local community, and we were delighted that Durham County Council asked us to be a part of this project.”
The pupils were also presented with miniature versions of their sign as a keepsake.
Designs by Josh Rowe, Lauren Roberts and Faye Haynes from Cestria Primary School and Ethan Arkle from Park View Lower School were selected by members of the County Council’s Slow to 20 for Safer Streets project team who had the tough job of selecting the four winners from a host of quality entries.
John Reed, Head of Technical services at Durham County Council, added: “The purpose of the Slow to 20 schemes is to reduce traffic speeds around the schools during drop off and pick up times, which will help to improve road safety for all road users as well as making walking, cycling and outdoor play more attractive.
We are delighted with how much support we have been receiving for this initiative, especially from schools, and it is wonderful to see the children taking ownership of the campaign in this way.
I would like to congratulate the winners on their designs for the new signage, which will go a long way to help enforce this important message.”
The competition to design the signs was organised in Cestria Primary School by the school council and Head Teacher Lorraine Gowland, who said: “The children have worked really hard to produce the signs. I’m sure they will really make passing drivers take note and hopefully slow down.”
For more information about Durham County Council’s Slow to 20 for safer streets campaign please visit http://www.durham.gov.uk/slowto20
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