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MP's award for CCTV mums

PUBLISHED: 16:13 11 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 11 August 2010

A NEW CCTV camera will target reckless drivers endangering the safety of children and residents, thanks to two brave and enduring campaigners. Debbie King, of Stamford Road, Eastbrook, and Carolyn Wren, of Thames View, Creekmouth, campaigned for a year to

A NEW CCTV camera will target reckless drivers endangering the safety of children and residents, thanks to two brave and enduring campaigners.

Debbie King, of Stamford Road, Eastbrook, and Carolyn Wren, of Thames View, Creekmouth, campaigned for a year to stop cars from driving the wrong way in Stamford Road, which is a one-way street near a school.

To celebrate the arrival of the camera and to honour their commitment, MP Margaret Hodge presented them with her first community award outside Monteagle Primary School.

Debbie King said: "It was for the safety of everyone really You just need to sometimes get up and make a stand. It's been a lot of hard work but it was all worthwhile.

She said: "It's nice to be recognised. It would be more satisfactory when the cars stop coming down here.

Margaret Hodge said: "This is a very good example of successful community campaign.

"If the community gets together we get success. It's the community deciding what's right for them and their area."

Mrs King said: "We have done it by the book. We first phoned up the school, and then Margaret, who told us to start a petition.

She said: "The petition was presented to the council assembly. And politeness gets you a long way."

Eastbrook ward Councillor James McDermott said: "In a way it's sad because it's Carolyn's daughter's last day at school but what she has done will help other children."

The street is used heavily in the mornings by parents who drop off children at Monteagle Primary School and drive the wrong way to save time.

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