‘Slow down’ say Hill View kids

Headteacher, Claire Smith and PC Louise McClennan with pupils outside Hill View Infants asking parents to park responsibly in the area around their school.
Headteacher, Claire Smith and PC Louise McClennan with pupils outside Hill View Infants asking parents to park responsibly in the area around their school.
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“PLEASE don’t drive fast near our school.”

Fed-up children have taken safety matters into their own hands.

Pupils teamed up with teachers and police to urge thoughtless drivers to put their brakes on.

A number of recent incidents have seen children nearly knocked down outside Hill View Infants School, by parents trying to park nearby.

Hotspot areas include Hellvellyn Road and Leechmere Road.

Police patrols will now be carried out in the area and officers are warning motorists they face a penalty if caught driving dangerously or causing an obstruction.

“Our main concern is the safety of the children at the school,” said Pc Louise McClennan, neighbourhood beat manager for Hill View.

“While the majority of people aren’t causing any problems, there are a few whose driving and parking is putting pedestrians at risk.

“There have been occasions where cars have reversed on to the kerb and narrowly missed knocking down a child on the pavement, or been parked in such a way people can’t cross the road safely.

“It’s important for these people to be aware of the risk they’re creating to pedestrians, in particular the young children at the school as well as other road users.

“If there isn’t anywhere safe to park around the school, we’d urge people to park a little bit further away and walk.

“We’re working with the school to raise awareness of road safety to pupils.

“However, we want parents to play their part as well.”

Officers have also teamed up with the Royal National Institute of Blind People, to stop inconsiderate parking causing an obstruction and extra danger to blind and partially sighted people and people with limited mobility.

Pc McClennan added: “Inconsiderate parking may put other people in danger and we want people to think before they park.”

Headteacher Claire Smith added: “We work in close partnership with our local police officers, and would urge parents and carers to park respectfully and safely.

“Our primary concern is for the safety of all our children, and unfortunately a minority of families are potentially putting our children at risk of a serious accident due to dangerous parking.”

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