Pupils draw the line on park­ing

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

PUPILS from Widnes have been work­ing to re­duce il­le­gal and dan­ger­ous park­ing out­side their pri­mary school.

Young­sters at Spin­ney Av­enue have formed a part­ner­ship with Cheshire po­lice and Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s road safety team.

They are aim­ing to change par­ents’ at­ti­tudes and habits to re­duce con­ges­tion and dan­ger­ous park­ing out­side the school.

Chil­dren have been work­ing with the coun­cil on road safety mes­sages in school, which have gone on their web­site.

They have also helped de­signed signs to put out dur­ing peak times and po­lice have stepped up pa­trols at the site.

Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for trans­porta­tion, Cllr Stan Hill, said: “We are com­mit­ted to mak- ing Hal­ton’s roads safer with a fo­cus on school ar­eas over the com­ing months. With co-op­er­a­tion from par­ents and de­liv­ery driv­ers and en­cour­age­ment to park con­sid­er­ately around the area the jour­ney to and from school can be made much safer.

“Spin­ney Av­enue School took up the chal­lenge to raise aware­ness of par­ents and mem­bers of the pub­lic park­ing il­le­gally out- side the school caus­ing po­ten­tial haz­ards for the chil­dren cross­ing.

“We are also try­ing to en­cour­age par­ents and chil­dren to walk to school to ease con­ges­tion and en­cour­age a healthy lifestyle.”

Young­sters en­joy some of the food ex­per­i­ments

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