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Road Safety Unit provides vital service


I write on behalf of Lochgilphead High School’s Parent Council regarding one of Argyll and Bute Council’s proposed budget savings for 2018/19.

Option TB16-3, which comes under the ‘Economic Development – Strategic Transportation’ heading, reads: ‘Reduce road safety materials budget and remove the Road Safety Unit.’

This short sentence has major implications not just for every parent in Argyll and Bute but for every resident, regardless of age.

The Road Safety Unit provides a vital service to the 12,000 primary and secondary pupils spread right across the council area. It also works with our Early Years bases.

From initiatives including ‘Streetfeet’ pedestrian training, the Road Safety Magic Show, Streetsense2 and the ‘icycle’ cycle training in the primary sector to ‘Your Call’, ‘Crash Magnets’ and presentations by the Baldy Bane Theatre Company in secondary schools, the Road Safety Unit challenges all pupils to take responsibility not just for their own safety but for the safety of others.

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