Drivers risking children’s lives

Two Wyre schools are amongst those listed as having the highest rates of accident outside their premises. Pic shows parked cars along Manor Road next to Shakespeare Primary School in Fleetwood.
Two Wyre schools are amongst those listed as having the highest rates of accident outside their premises. Pic shows parked cars along Manor Road next to Shakespeare Primary School in Fleetwood.

SCHOOLS in Fleetwood are appealing to parents to stop double parking and blocking visibility outside school gates before a serious accident happens.

The problem is becoming a major concern when dropping off and picking up pupils and fears are growing for children’s safety.

Fleetwood’s community police team is looking into the issue and some people say that enforcement is the only answer.

Headteacher at Larkholme Primary School Val Pilkington-Smith said she would welcome police presence and any enforcement that could be offered.

She said: “We do have two entrances now to choose from. However parents still stop right outside the school to drop their children off.

“Perhaps police presence might help, it would get people into the habit of parking elsewhere and walking to school.

PC Ian Lester, of Fleetwood Police said that the situation was being monitored and appealed to parents to act responsibly to keep their children safe.

Resident Lisa Boaler said: “Parking wouldn’t be a problem if parents parked responsibly and with due consideration for other drivers.

“If you live locally then you should walk or park a reasonable distance away so as not to become a danger to all concerned.”

The problem outside Shakespeare Primary School in Manor Road is compounded because drivers can only park on one side of the street, opposite the entrance.

That causes an additional safety hazard as children have to cross the road to get to the school gates.

The school’s business manager Deborah Tripp said: “Parking inconsiderately is very much a concern outside our school.

“A police presence always acts as a deterrent and traffic wardens would help.

“We often send newsletters out to parents regarding parking and we are sympathetic to our neighbours who are treated inconsiderately by drivers blocking their driveways when they drop their children off.

“Aldi has kindly agreed that parents and carers can park there which some people take advantage of.

“We mustn’t lose sight however that there are plenty of very considerate parents who oblige and park up safely.

“We do ask parents to inform us of the number plates of offending cars and we do pass them on to the police.”