Pupils hit back at bad parkers

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NEARLY 200 children came up with ideas for parking tickets during their holiday to give out to parents who park badly outside their school.

About 170 pupils at Higham Ferrers Junior School took part in a competition during their half-term holiday to produce tickets which could be given out by pupils to parents who park dangerously.

This week PCSO Rob Brown picked two designs by Bethany Ward, 11, and Max Hindmarch, nine, which will be reproduced as the junior school’s official tickets.

The school’s business manager Jo Longland said: “We had lots of entries for the competition and the fact the children came up with their designs during their holidays shows how much they care about this issue.

“Parking has been an issue here for many years and we hope that because these parking tickets have been designed by the children it will help get the message through to the parents. The standard of the entries was really high and I was very relieved that I was not the one who had to choose the winning designs.”

Bethany and Max were presented with £10 WH Smith gift vouchers by PCSO Rob Brown who has been working with the school on the project.

Bethany’s ticket showed a picture of a child with a broken leg on crutches. It asks drivers if they really want to hurt the child and urges them not to park illegally near the school.

Max’s ticket showed traffic lights and urged parents to think about where they park and to keep the road outside the school clear.

Members of the junior school’s student council, wearing high visibility jackets, will go out on patrol at home time with staff members and PCSOs to give out the tickets.