Baldock pupils launch campaign to stop ‘dangerous’ parent parking
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Pupils who are being put “at risk” as a result of dangerous parking by parents outside their school have launched a campaign to tackle the issue.
Youngsters at St John’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School in Baldock have made posters and written newspaper articles following numerous problems with parents parking dangerously on Providence Way, the road directly outside the school.
Headteacher Alex Nanou said they want parents to use the Holy Trinity and St Augustine Church car park, situated near to the school’s entrance.
She said: “It is an ongoing issue at the school. We have repeatedly asked parents to park their cars in a church car park which is only a few hundred metres from the school.
“However some people continue to park on the road next to the school causing congestion and putting other road users and school children at risk.
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“They may point out that there is nothing illegal about parking there but just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t mean you should do it.
“Recently the pupil-run school council came up with the idea of making posters and writing newspaper articles to dissuade parents from parking irresponsibly.
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“We are hoping that this approach will persuade parents to stop parking dangerously on the road and use the church car park.”
Year 5 pupil Matthew was one of the schoolchildren to design a poster.
He said: “It’s dangerous for people to park on the road because if a child is getting out of the car, or is crossing between parked cars, they might be hit by a car coming along the road.”
Classmate Kiera said: “Emergency vehicles can’t get passed all the parked cars – this could be dangerous.”