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Local pupil, Janvi Katwa, is celebrating after being chosen as the winner of the Stanton Cross Road Safety Week poster competition.

The partners behind the new landmark Stanton Cross development in Wellingborough, challenged pupils from All Saints CEVA Primary School on Castle Street to design a poster reminding everyone of the importance of road speed safety, as part of its support for national Road Safety Week, which is run by road safety charity Brake from 16th to 22nd November.

A total of 60 Year Five and Six children entered the competition, by designing their own inspiring poster to raise awareness of the consequences of excess speeding on our roads, particularly when travelling through residential areas.

Janvi Katwa, age nine, won with their bold, colourful design, whilst Claudia Martin and Rose Townsend were declared runners-up for their highly creative entries. The Stanton Cross partners awarded all of the children who entered a high visibility vest, so they can be seen on their journeys to and from school during the winter months; whilst Janvi, Claudia and Rose were also treated to a book token for their fantastic winning designs.

Lee Barrett, Divisional Operations Director for Vistry Group and a representative of Stanton Cross Developments LLP, promoters of the Stanton Cross project, said: “According to statistics, someone is killed on UK roads every 24 seconds and road crashes are the leading cause of death for people aged between five and 29.   Speed is a factor in many crashes and lots of organisations, including Brake, advocate that speed management is a crucial way in which we should all approach road safety considerations.

“We aim to ensure that Stanton Cross grows into a vibrant residential-led district, but most of all a safe location for those who live, work, and visit here, which is why  we wanted to help raise awareness of Brake’s ‘no need for speed’ campaign. Who better to bring it to life than the children in our community?

“All of the entries were absolutely amazing – the children showed such creativity and it was certainly a tough job to choose a winner. We’d like to thank all of the pupils at All Saints CEVA Primary School for their help in raising awareness of this very important message and offer a huge well done to Janvi Katwa for being crowned our winner.”

Mr Martin Hunter, Assistant Head Teacher at All Saints CEVA Primary School, added: “We were delighted to be asked by the Stanton Cross partners to take part in this very special project. The children had a great time designing their posters, but more importantly, were able to learn about road safety and the impact excess speeding can have. I’d like to thank all the children for their hard work in producing some wonderful and informative work.”