TWO Brixham schools are celebrating news that traffic calming measures are to be introduced to prevent accidents.
Brixham College and the adjacent Brixham Church of England Primary School are amongst the first in the Bay to see a permanent 20mph speed restriction outside their gates.
It is one of two measures agreed by Torbay Council's Transport Working Party at its meeting on Thursday July 25.
The other measure will see bollards erected on the pavements outside the two schools to stop parents from parking there at drop off and pick up times.
The new measures come three months after 15-year-old college pupil Alex Mulholland was in collision with a lorry on his way to school.
Mark Eager, headteacher at the College said: "Brixham College is growing and therefore I am delighted that this action has been taken.
"I am sure that students, parents and local residents will welcome this move."
Chair of governors, Cllr Mike Morey who sat on the transport working party, said: "This is the first school to have this zone in the Bay.
"In the long term we are looking at enforcing a 20mph zone outside all schools in the Bay.
"The College has spent thousands of pounds on ensuring buses turn into the school so they don't block the road. We've done our bit."
Following the accident involving Alex in May, there was anger from the local community who feared it would take the death of a child before extra safety measures were put in place. Brixham town councillor Martyn Hodge, chairman of governors at the primary school, said: "It's brilliant news. I have been campaigning for this with the head teacher for 10 years."
But he added: "For the 20 mph zone to work it has to be enforced or be self enforceable."
Other schools are set to be considered for further implementation of 20 mph zones.
Hayes School in Hayes Road, and the Church of the Sacred Heart and St Teresa School in Cecil Road, both in Paignton, and Cockington Primary School in Avenue Road and St Cuthbert Mayne School in Westhill Road School and Teignmouth Road in Torquay could see new zones.
A report to the transport working party said: "In residential areas where there are likely to be young children, pedestrians and cyclists, such as school entrances, and a risk of injuries to vulnerable road users, it is believed a scheme to reduce vehicle speeds to a maximum of 20 mph is the best compromise between mobility and risk and is likely to gain community support."