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Crackdown for safer parking around schools
A new blitz to promote safer parking outside primary schools in Bury has been launched.
The Safer Schools Parking Banner scheme aims to highlight the dangers of irresponsible parking.
Drivers are being made aware of the problems associated with parking on zigzag ‘school keep clear’ markings and parking too close to schools, which can cause congestion and issues for nearby residents.
The scheme, run by Bury Council and Greater Manchester Police, was launched at Our Lady of Grace school in Prestwich, and more than half of the borough’s primary schools are taking part.
These schools have been issued with three banners, colour coded as red, yellow and green, which each display a more severe safer parking message.
Staff will note how these banners are impacting on parking issues, and decide if they need to progress to the more severely-worded banner.
PC Chris Grayshon, from Prestwich neighbourhood policing team, came up with the idea.
He said: “Although many road users may view illegal and dangerous parking as a technical offence, they do not realise the danger that it causes for other road users, particularly vulnerable road users, including their own children.
“It also creates a competitive environment on the road, which leads to selfish and aggressive behaviour.”
Pat Jones, headteacher at Our Lady of Grace, said parking was a particular problem at her school in Highfield Road and that she hopes the banners will help to change attitudes.
She said: “We don’t want to have any child injured by a car, but the main thing is that parents understand every child is special.
“As much as we keep them safe when they are in school, we want them to be safe outside as well.
“It is a big issue around our school.
“We have got two cul-de-sacs nearby and it is as if parents have got to get as near to the school as possible. They don’t take heed of residents.”
Cllr Tony Isherwood, cabinet member for environment, says the council hopes the idea will encourage better attitudes from drivers on the school run.
He said: “We believe that, by using the banners, we can encourage behaviour change through education and publicity.
“Enforcement can be kept as an option to highlight the issues created by dangerous parking, but ultimately the success of any scheme will depend on the compliance of drivers.”
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