VIDEO: Road safety fears outside school
Concerned teachers are leading a campaign to improve road safety amidst fears a child will get run down unless urgent action is taken.
Parking chaos outside Brockwell Infant and Nursery School and Brockewll Junior School is causing buses to mount the pavement, making it dangerous for parents and children as they walk to and from school.
Following several near-misses the schools, on Purbeck Avenue Loundsley Green, is calling on the highways agency to help.
Margaret Ward, head teacher of the Nursery and Infant School said: “We just don’t want to have a dreadful accident before something is done.
“It’s really difficult because we have two schools on the site with 500 children being dropped off.
“We have a bus route past the school every eight minutes and there’s just not enough room for buses to pass when parents are parked illegally.”
“We don’t want to point the blame at anyone as we know it is difficult for parents but we would like to see everyone parking more considerately,” she added.
Mrs Ward said the school had explored several options including encouraging youngsters to walk and car sharing but so far nothing had worked.
She added residents who live close to the school had also complained about cars blocking their drives and police had been patrolling the area and ticketing illegal parkers.
“If people can walk at all it would help the situation or if parents can park a short way off from the school. I know it’s not easy for parents but something needs to be done,” she said.
A Derbyshire County County spokeswoman said they would be looking in to the situation.
She added: “Double yellow lines are already in place outside the school - the issue is with them being ignored by parents and carers dropping off and picking up their children.
“We have worked with the school to improve road safety education with initiatives like Travel Smart Week and Anti-Congestion Week during which we discussed with parents the parking issues causing the problems.
“The headteacher has recently made us aware of continuing concerns about these issues and our cabinet member for education councillor Mike Longden will be in touch with her shortly.”
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