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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Parents take parking campaign to the streets

PARKING problems near a Whitehaven school have resulted in parents patrolling the area and speaking to motorists about safety issues.

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parent power: Sarah Lamb, Angela Morgan and Chante Doran at the school on Friday

The initiative at St Gregory and St Patrick’s School follows a recent incident where a young girl was tapp-ed by a car that was travelling along Esk Avenue.

Motorists have also been parking on either side of the road, forming a bottle-neck effect along the road. This has caused tailbacks in both directions and children have had to weave in and out of the traffic to walk to and from school.

Now a group of parents is asking motorists to park either in the community car park or further up the road to prevent any further near-misses. They are also handing out safety leaflets. The initiative has been set up by parents Chante Doran and Angela Morgan.

Chante said: “We are sick of people parking outside the school. We had an incident a couple of weeks ago, where a girl was tapped by a car near the school entrance.

“We have come together as a group to speak to other parents. So far, nine out of 10 people have been fine. We have spoken to them about the problems as well as suggesting they park elsewhere.

“The main issue that people have is that there is no where to park but we are all in the same boat.”

The group is also calling on Cumbria County Council to repaint the ‘keep entrance clear’ markings on the road outside the school entrance.

Chante added: “The problem we are having at the moment is with the highways department. The zigzag lines needs to be repainted. The county council say it is on their list to do, but we’re not sure when it will be completed.”

Angela said: “We have had quite a few parents come and stand with us in support. We are trying to get staff to park in the car park. We have had a really good response.”

Deputy headteacher Ann Reid said: “I think it has been really successful. We are really grateful that the group of parents have come forward. It has had an impact already.”

The team takes it in turns to patrol the front and back entrance of the school – to ensure the children are kept safe as they enter and leave the school. They have been patrolling the area before and after school speaking to fellow parents about the problems.

The new measures make it is easier for parents to collect children who attend St Begh’s School, which finishes five minutes later.

The scheme is being supported by PCSO Steve Bragg, who says he regularly monitors car parking issues at the school.

Have your say

I wish everyone would stop dropping their kids off in cars for school. I live on a road nearby and trying to get parked with a car full of shopping is ridiculous, my home is completely blocked from 8.30am until 9.30am and then again from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. When I was at school everyone either walked or caught a bus. Parents today should be less lazy and stop parking in front of other peoples homes

Posted by Sam on 21 March 2012 at 09:19

So who exactly is parking out side the school? I wouldnt be the parents of these kids by any chance ? I do believe that there is a car park supplied at the ens of Esk Avenue?

Posted by Gordon on 20 March 2012 at 11:32

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