Pupils in plea over parking

Neighboorhood beat officer PC Louise Thompson and SC Jonathan Finch  with members of Hillview infant's school council who are helping to launch a new partnership scheme with the Police for safer parking around the school.
Neighboorhood beat officer PC Louise Thompson and SC Jonathan Finch with members of Hillview infant's school council who are helping to launch a new partnership scheme with the Police for safer parking around the school.
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YOUNGSTERS at a city school have joined forces with the police to get a road safety message across to parents.

Members of the school council at Hill View Infants have worked with community officer, Pc Louise Thompson, to compile a letter for parents to stamp out irresponsible parking.

Lynn Green, acting headteacher at the Helvellyn Road school, said a minority of parents are putting children at risk through dangerous parking at dropping-off and picking-up times.

She said: “Our main priority is obviously the safety of the children. We haven’t had any accidents, but there have been a few near misses.

“We really want to sort this problem out before something serious happens.”

Mrs Green said parents regularly park on yellow lines outside the gates and also double park. They have also had complaints from residents in nearby streets about inconsiderate parking.

In their letter to parents, the children have written their feelings and worries about the parking, including how upset they would be if one of their friends was knocked down.