Landlords Receive Award for Road Safety Contribution
Vale of Glamorgan landlords Jennie and Digby Rees were presented with a Road Safety Wales Award 2016 in recognition of their continuing awareness of road safety in the rural village of Peterston Super Ely.
In the early 1990s, Jennie and Digby became alarmed by the congestion surrounding St. Bride’s Road – the main road through the village – during the local primary school’s start and finish times. As many of the school’s pupils came from outside of the village, the narrow roads became congested with an increasing number of parents dropping their children off for school, who would then have to cross the busy roads to get to their lessons.
With the safety of pupils in mind, Jennie and Digby approached the head teacher and governors of Peterston Super Ely Primary School, and offered the use of their parking facilities at the Three Horse Shoes for parents’ vehicles at the beginning and end of the school day.
This arrangement soon saw the problems posed by the traffic reduced and, in 2007, the arrangement was further improved when a school crossing patrol site was established outside the Three Horseshoes Public House, providing a pedestrian crossing point. This proved to be the final link in creating a safe walking route between the Three Horseshoes’ car park and the school, but could only be retained whilst permission to use the car park was sustained.
Cllr. Peter King, Vale of Glamorgan Cabinet Member, and Cllr. Rhodri Traherne, the local ward member for Peterston Super Ely, were on hand to show their appreciation, with Cllr. King saying of the award: ‘This has proven to be a magnanimous gesture by Jenny and Digby Rees, one that has markedly improved the congestion in the area. It is a great privilege to have been able to award this Road Safety Award to them, as they have contributed not only to road safety, but to community spirit in Peterston Super Ely.’