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Parking crackdown at Cumbrian school after boy injured

Police have been monitoring traffic outside a secondary school, after accusations thoughtless parents were endangering student’s lives.

Concerns had been raised about the hazardous situation on Lowmoor Road, at Wigton’s Nelson Thomlinson School, after a 10-year-old boy was struck by a van on March 18.

Although he was not seriously injured, the accident highlighted fears for the safety of youngsters attempting to cross the busy road.

Police community support officers have since been seen outside the school, moving on vehicles which stop on yellow lines and offering the drivers advice.

Angie Walker, a driver with Messengers coaches, contacted The Cumberland News, saying the situation was dangerous.

“There are 15 to 20 cars parked up on the yellow lines every day from 3.20pm,” she explained. “What I was absolutely amazed by, was that the following day, cars were all parked in exactly the same place as where the boy was knocked down.

“It’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.”

A spokeswoman for Allerdale Council said: “We currently enforce at schools with police present, but due to the number of schools across the borough and the restricted times and areas involved, we don’t have the resources available to carry out this function every time.

“One of the best solutions for this sort of situation is for the school governing body to get involved and the peer pressure tends to result in compliance. This type of parking is as much a health and safety issue for the school, as it is a parking enforcement matter.”

She added: “We can enforce within the time limits set by the traffic regulation order and in compliance with the various signs and road markings.”

Nelson Thomlinson, in conjunction with the police, has taken matters into its own hands, to warn parents of the dangers.

A letter was being sent out to parents this week with parking among the issues raised in it by headteacher Sam Northwood.

He writes: “Following a recent traffic accident involving a young child on Lowmoor Road, I’ve been asked by the police to encourage parents not to pick up their child close to the entrance to the school.

“You should already be aware that parents are not permitted to drive through school grounds, but congestion either side of the main gates is now considered to be a major safety hazard.”

Mr Northwood added: “I’ve been informed there will be increased surveillance of Lowmoor Road in peak times with the possibility of penalties being issued to drivers who do not observe the existing traffic restrictions.”

Have your say

No Mandy, it's caused by selfish lazy ignorant parents who don't care less about putting childrens lives in danger. The problem isn't caused by the school. They don't force parents to park on yellow lines.

Only the stupid would do such a thing.

Posted by Dave Evans on 2 April 2013 at 13:13

The problem has been caused by the school stopping parents picking up on school grounds. The old system of driving through the school on the one way system worked perfectly well .- everyone had to drive at very slow speeds and the queue to get out again avoided any dangerous speeding vehicles. To force all the children who do not get access to a school bus out onto the public highway, with the chaos it is obviously causing, just seems reckless.

Posted by Mandy on 31 March 2013 at 14:40

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