PUPILS in Chard met the MP to bring road safety issues “into sharp focus” after a “pupil was knocked over outside, near the park where she lives”.

Avishayes Primary School invited Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh to discuss the lack of safe crossing and raise a number of issues, including “vehicles that drive too quickly” and “lack of safe places to cross roads”.

Mr Fysh met with pupils at the school’s assembly to mark Road Safety Week and said they “made an excellent case”.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Avishayes Primary invited Marcus Fysh to our special assembly to mark the beginning of Road Safety Week.

“The children presented their questions to the MP asking why there are no safe crossings marked outside the school, and how the planning of crossings is decided.

“They asked about how their voices could be heard and Marcus Fysh shared how he had worked with other schools to improve road safety.

“The children spoke passionately about their local area, being concerned about the number of vehicles that drive too quickly and the lack of safe places to cross roads.

“These issues were brought into sharp focus this year when one of our pupils was knocked over outside, near the park where she lives.

“The children will be writing letters to the local council this week.”

MP Marcus Fysh said: “The children of Chard Avishayes Primary made an excellent case to me today of the need for better safety features on their local streets.

“I will support their pitch to Somerset Council for this to be a priority scheme to bring forward.”