Blind family ‘taking their lives in their hands’ on the school run

A mum and dad claim they are “taking their lives into their own hands” on the school run every day.

Greg and Allisha Jones, of Selwyn Street, Walton, are both registered blind and are concerned about a busy junction near their daughter’s school, St Francis de Sales Catholic Junior School.

They claim they fear for their family’s safety when crossing the junction of Hale Road and Carrisbrook Road.

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Greg Jones, who is partially sighted, said concerns were first raised when schools returned after Covid-19 closures and a crossing attendant was not available.

Allisha Jones and Greg Jones who are blind and partially blind having issues crossing Hale Road in Walton. Photo by Colin Lane

Mr Jones said: “The school has been pushing hard for a replacement since the crossing assistant left and approached the council with a number of proposals like zebra crossings, installing a roundabout and getting a new assistant.

“We are both registered blind and […] trying to pick up our daughter is a nightmare. “

He added: “It’s an absolute joke to not have something there.”

Allisha Jones has lost her sight completely and now uses a cane to help navigate when out and about.

Her husband said taking their daughter to school was one of the tasks that Mrs Jones was still able to do.

He said: “It’s nerve-wracking for her now, she’s gone from working every day to [having] no sight at all.

“This is the one thing she could do with our daughter, it’s a nightmare now as [our daughter] is also partially sighted so can not help her see.

“They’re taking their lives into their own hands every time they cross the junction.

“It’s unbelievable that something has not been put in place, surely there must be something that can be done.”

Mr Jones praised the leadership at St Francis de Sales for their support and the implementation of a no parking zone around the school.

A Liverpool Council spokesperson said the situation is being monitored and the authority is continuing to have a dialogue with school representatives.

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