A RESIDENT has expressed her concern over a “dangerous road” near a Fleur de Lys school.

Lucy Spiller-Boulter said the A4049 road the road behind the Welsh medium secondary school - Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni - and near Fleur De Lys Primary School is located, does not have a proper crossing and is ‘hazardous’ to pupils.

As a concerned resident, Mrs Spiller-Boulter said she has represented parents and residents in the area for the past year trying to get a pedestrian crossing put in place.

However, even though Mrs Spiller-Boulter has spoken to Caerphilly County Borough Council she claims nothing has been done to improve the situation.

She said: “We - the residents and I - have used all diplomatic methods available to us, had site meetings with council officers and councillors, but to no real avail.

Our concerns have been recognised but will only be considered in a few months time and may be put forward as a ‘bid’ to the Welsh Government for funding.

“However, I have noted that similar pedestrian safety measures in other villages in the county have been funded and built when they apparently have not been on planning proposals over the last year. For example, a new English medium comprehensive in Oakdale has had road safety measures put in place (a crossing, speed bumps, 20 mph zone) whereas our village’s Welsh medium comprehensive had been given no road safety measures at all on a much more hazardous road. It is the only comprehensive school in the borough to not have the council arrange road safety measures for students.

“There are HGVs travelling up and down the road and it has gotten so bad parents who live nearby are actually driving their children across the road to drop them off.

“Is something only going to be done once somewhere is injured?”

A spokesman for Caerphilly County Borough Council said that the authority is aware of calls for the crossing and are working with the school to develop their Active Travel Plan.

He said: “Such schemes are usually reliant on external funding sources including, but not exclusively, Welsh Government’s Safe Routes in the Community .

“We are currently working with the school to develop their Active Travel Plan which considers the demand for such facilities and we will endeavour to take advantage of any external funding opportunities that may arise to enable this scheme to be delivered as quickly as possible.”