School run par­ents get park­ing warn­ing

‘Safe zone’ aims to im­prove the safety of walk­ing pupils

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

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.”



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