De­spair on school run

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A par­ent at Burgh Pri­mary has hit out at self­ish driv­ers who put kids at risk when pick­ing them up from school.

Craig Forsyth (29), whose nine-year-old daugh­ter, So­phie, at­tends Burgh, says many mo­torists openly ig­nore the zig-zag mark­ings out­side the school’s King Street en­trance.

And he wants the school to do more to get the mes­sage across be­fore a child is se­ri­ously in­jured or even killed.

The ac­counts manager said:“It’s been go­ing on for years. As time goes by, I’ve no­ticed it is the same re­peat of­fend­ers do­ing the same thing ev­ery day. It’s just self­ish.

“Peo­ple use King Street as a short cut. There’s a lot of traf­fic on it, with driv­ers try­ing to avoid the Main Street. I’ve had a word with some of them – it could be their kids who get knocked down – but they just don’t care.

“It’s not so much So­phie, be­cause I drop her off and she gets picked up ev­ery day, but I see kids younger than her who don’t.”

Craig, who lives in Cam­bus­lang, con­tacted head­teacher Heather McAu­lay about the is­sue.

In re­sponse, she said she had con­tacted the po­lice to ask them for sup­port, as well as the coun­cil about traf­fic war­dens.

She also said the jan­i­tor had ap­proached some par­ents about care­less driv­ing but had suf­fered ver­bal abuse for his trou­bles.

Craig said:“Per­son­ally, the best re­sponse would be for her to go out and show her pres­ence. I think some of the par­ents should be back at school learn­ing to read the signs.”

Coun­cil­lor De­nis McKenna, whose ward cov­ers Burgh, said he had been told the Par­ent Coun­cil would dis­cuss the is­sue at their next meet­ing.

He added:“It’s a prob­lem that crops up ev­ery so of­ten. Not long af­ter the school opened, I spoke to the po­lice about it and they came out and had a pres­ence and it stopped.

“It’s just very bad man­ners, and the irony is, th­ese par­ents and car­ers don’t re­alise they are putting their own chil­dren in dan­ger. If there was a po­lice pres­ence, then it would send out a wee warn­ing.”

Wilma Bain, Head of Ed­u­ca­tion, South La­nark­shire, said:“In the in­ter­ests of the safety and well­be­ing of the chil­dren, the school con­tin­ues to re­mind par­ents about safe park­ing in and around the school.

“It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of car users to re­spect the 20mph speed re­stric­tion in the streets close to the school and to avoid park­ing or drop­ping off in the zig-zag ar­eas.

“We ask par­ents and fam­i­lies to re­spect th­ese rules in or­der to pro­vide a safer en­vi­ron­ment around the school at open­ing and closing times.”

PC Richard Samson of Ruther­glen Po­lice said:“Po­lice Scot­land urges all driv­ers to park and drive in a re­spon­si­ble and safe man­ner. This is of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance around schools and other ar­eas where chil­dren con­gre­gate.

“If any­one has any is­sues re­gard­ing park­ing, we ad­vise them to con­tact 101 and re­port the mat­ter.”

Anger Par­ents flaunt park­ing rules out­side Burgh Pri­mary

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