Park Safe Be Safe - Parents are urged to park safely by schools

Higham Ferrers Infants and Junior School pupils Max Hindmarch (9), Maddi Smith (10), Conor Boulton (7) and Ellen Farmery (7) survey troublesome traffic outside their school on Wharf Road with PCSO Rob Brown

Higham Ferrers Infants and Junior School pupils Max Hindmarch (9), Maddi Smith (10), Conor Boulton (7) and Ellen Farmery (7) survey troublesome traffic outside their school on Wharf Road with PCSO Rob Brown

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Young children went out on patrol with the police to remind their parents about parking safely outside their schools.

Pupils from Higham Ferrers infants and junior schools joined members of the East Northamptonshire Safer Community Team on patrol yesterday afternoon to learn about road safety and to help highlight the dangers of inconsiderate parking.

The patrols were a joint initiative by the schools and the police because the roads around the neighbouring schools have suffered from parking problems for many years.

PCSO Rob Brown, of East Northamptonshire Safer Community Team, said: “Some of the children stopped parents from using a side road by the infants school where several pupils have nearly been knocked over in the past by parents using it to turn around. We also patrolled Wharf Road to stop parents parking on the zig-zag lines outside the school. One parent did this and we gave them advice. We’ve had really good feedback and letters have also gone out to parents warning them we are taking a zero tolerance approach.”

Higham Ferrers Junior School business manager Jo Longland said: “Unfortunately some parents park unsafely – on the zebra crossing and on corners. We hope this initiative will raise the children’s road safety awareness and encourage the parents to park safely.”

During the half-term holiday the children will be asked to design a warning notice for people who do not park safely. A winning design will be chosen from each school and copies will be professionally produced.

Mrs Longland added: “Every so often the children will go out with staff and if someone has parked illegally or unsafely a notice will be put on their windscreen. We’d urge parents to walk to school if they can or use the nearby public car park. We also run a cycling qualification and encourage the children to cycle to school once they have achieved it, if they can.”