Budleigh school clamps down on dangerous parking
PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 December 2017
St Peter’s Primary School is getting their pupils involved in a campaign to stop parents from parking in ‘keep clear’ areas.
Youngsters in Budleigh Salterton are getting involved in a campaign to crackdown on parents who park in restricted areas outside their school.
Concerns have been raised by St Peter’s Primary School that parents who park in ‘keep clear’ areas surrounding the site are endangering the lives of children when they cross the road.
The fear is these cars block the view of on-coming traffic coming along the Barn Lane side of the school especially coming around the corner from Moor Lane.
The campaign is being led by site supervisor Oli Force who is getting year six pupils to help him take photos of the offending vehicles which will then be passed onto police.
He hopes this will encourage parents to park a bit further away from the school and walk in.
Oli said: “It’s the school’s ongoing problem. They’re parking around the edge of the school. It’s potentially dangerous to the kids and is putting other pupils at risk.”
Some parents have been parking on the zig-zag lines and hatched boxes on the Barn Lane side of the school.
School staff are also on the look out for those who park in front of the school gates and where cones have been placed on the corner of Bedlands Lane.
Some parents have also been parking at a bus stop further up that road.
Speaking in the school’s newsletter, Oli added: “All these areas are no parking spots to help keep children safe when they are arriving and leaving school, or to allow emergency services or staff access to the school.”
Mr Force pointed out that one disabled parent does park in these areas in agreement with the school.
Police community support officer Chantalle Major is also making regular visits to the school to keep an eye on the situation.