A Sidcup father has said that something needs to be done "before someone gets killed" as his petition to get a pelican crossing installed outside a primary school reaches over 1,000 signatures.

Paul Short, 41, told News Shopper that he has been campaigning to replace the zebra crossing between Main Road and Northcote Road as it has become a hot-spot for "near misses" and is dangerous for children who cross it on their way to the nearby Longlands Primary School.

The petition, which currently stands at 1,109 signatures at the time of writing, is calling on the council to replace the zebra crossing at the junction with a pelican crossing as it "would easily solve this problem and would make no difference to the flow of traffic."

"I have three kids who go to the school and we have use that crossing every morning. You see so many near misses it’s unbelievable," he said.

Mr Short told this newspaper of how his young son's friend was recently knocked down at the crossing, which inspired him to start the petition. He said that although the boy was fine, he fears that "something bad is going to happen before the council do anything."

Longlands Conservative councillor, Andy Dourmoush, expressed his concern over the location of the zebra crossing and that the previous incident involving the young boy "could have been a fatality."

"The Director of the council, Graham Ward, and I are going to meet with the residents and discuss the best way forward to resolve this issue.

"At the end of the day, the primary objective is the safety and wellbeing of our residents," he said.

Councillor Dourmoush also said that the council are currently looking at the crossing and emphasised that the issue be resolved.