School run parents get parking warning
‘Safe zone’ aims to improve the safety of walking pupils
A GOVERNOR is urging parents on the school run to help improve road safety by avoiding hazardous parking spots.
The School Travel Plan Group, from Chalfont St Giles Village School, has announced a ‘safe zone’ which aims to boost the safety of pupils who walk to school and help reduce congestion.
It asks parents to avoid parking or driving in School Lane, Parsonage Road and Hillside Close during drop-off and pick-up times. It also asks parents to avoid parking in Lagger Close.
Eleanor O’Connor is chairwoman of governors for both schools.
She wrote in the village newsletter: “While most of us are parents ourselves and understand the stresses of getting reluctant children to school on time, we consider the safety of our children to be critical and are still seeing inconsiderate parking very close to the school.”
Mrs O’Connor has asked police and traffic wardens to monitor parking in the area.
The village school
is split into infants.
The junior school, which has 240 pupils, is in Parsonage Road, off Deanway, and the infant school, which has 210 pupils, is in School Lane, also off Deanway.
The School Travel Plan Group aims to keep the roads outside the school entrances clear of vehicles so that pupils can walk safely.
It encourages parents and carers to use the hour’s free parking in Blizzards Yard car park, in High Street, and walk the rest of the way – about a 10 minute journey.
Mrs O’ Connor wrote: “By avoiding these roads altogether, we can ensure that our children can walk safely to school.”
Mrs O’Connor wrote in response to a villager who complained about the increase in parents driving their children to school.
The villager wrote in the newsletter: “Years ago you knew when schools were back by the children walking to school sporting new blazers and satchels. However, now it’s when you see cars churning up grass verges, ignoring parking restrictions, blocking pavements and parking on blind bends.”