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Monday, 25 May 2015

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Extra safety plans outside four schools in Copeland

EXTRA road safety measures are set to be introduced at four Copeland schools.

AT LAST! St Bridget's headteacher Pam Douglas with some of the school council members at the signs referring to the exclusion zone.

By Andrew Clarke

The “school: keep clear” road markings – banning motorists from parking directly at the school gates – will be extended outside St Bridget’s in Egremont, St Joseph’s in Frizington and Arlecdon Primary.

And at Millom School, double yellow lines will be introduced opposite the school gates, where a “keep clear” zone is already in place.

All measures were agreed by Cumbria County Council to boost school safety and to “address the issues of inconsiderate and inappropriate parking”. The schools themselves have campaigned for extra safety measures.

Pam Douglas, headteacher at St Bridget’s, said: “This will decrease the chances of the children getting injured.

“The school is really busy, especially in the mornings and when the children get picked up, so this will make it much less congested and be much better for the children.”

The school campaigned for the no-parking zone to be increased in 2011, with children writing letters to the council.

Pam added: “It’s a big relief that it has been approved. I know that it will greatly improve the safety of the children.”

Julie Burn, headteacher at St Joseph’s, added: “A lot of our pupils walk to school and having extra safety measures can only ever be a good thing.

“There are still parents who drop pupils off and it is a worry when the children are so near a road, and as much as we promote road safety, not every child looks when crossing the road.

“It is a problem area and letters do regularly get sent out to parents and sometimes I contact the police if there are cars who are ignoring the ‘keep clear’ signs.

“Thankfully there have never been any accidents but I think it is great the council has chosen to increase the road signs to enhance the safety of the school.”

Outside Arlecdon, a number of parking bays will be removed to make way for the “no parking” zone extension.

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