PARENTS and residents in Harestock are campaigning for a pedestrian crossing close to the village’s primary school.

The stretch of Priors Dean Road is the main route for pupils walking to and from Harestock Primary School each day, with parents nervous about the poor visibility from the nearby bus stop.

To help raise their concerns with Hampshire County Council, campaigners have asked for the support of Winchester Downlands Councils Jan Warwick.

Cllr Warwick said: “I am so impressed by the overwhelming support from local residents wishing to improve the safety for their children crossing Priors Dean Road each day. They were keen to demonstrate the difficulty crossing this road safely at peak times of day. I will raise this issue with Hampshire County Council’s school travel team."

With pupils numbers now around 243 it means that more children and parents on foot at school opening and closing times as well as a significant increase in traffic.

Mother of three, Sarah Burbridge added: “There is well used, informal crossing point close to the shops and bus stop. However the bus stop makes the visibility poor when a vehicle pulls in and other vehicles overtake. We are nervous of letting the older children cross this road to walk to school on an otherwise safe route without an adult to accompany them."

The group have also taken their campaign to social media and have set up a Facebook page dedicated to the cause.

For updates on proposal search 'safe crossing for Harestock' on Facebook.