Despair on school run
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