School run ban means chil­dren like my daugh­ter are no longer put at risk...

Safety cam­paigner mum of tragic Hope Fen­nell, 13, backs plans to block driv­ers

Solihull News - - NEWS - DAR­REN CAMP­BELL dar­ren. camp­bell@ trinitymirror. com

THE mother of a young girl killed by a lorry as she made her way home from school has wel­comed a ban on school run par­ents driv­ing and park­ing in streets around classes.

Launched by Soli­hull Coun­cil, the pi­lot scheme will see mo­torists fined if they drive around schools in the area.

The move has been praised by Nazan Fen­nell, whose daugh­ter Hope died af­ter be­ing hit by an 18- tonne lorry as she crossed Kings Heath’s High Street in Novem­ber 2011.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened less than a mile from where the 13- year- old stud­ied at Queens­bridge School.

Nazan, who has spent years cam­paign­ing for road safety im­prove­ments since the tragedy, hopes the new scheme will be ex­tended through­out Birm­ing­ham and the rest of the coun­try.

“I was re­ally happy to wake up to the news,” she said.

“When par­ents park around schools, there’s no room and they go over the pave­ments.

“Even the yel­low lines are all blocked out­side schools.

“What I’m hop­ing to see is that it goes re­ally quickly around Birm­ing­ham and UK schools, that it changes the be­hav­iour of peo­ple around schools and that it raises aware­ness about chil­dren’s needs to be safe around school.”

Haslucks Green Ju­nior School, Marston Green In­fant Academy and Oak Cot­tage Pri­mary School have signed up to the scheme af­ter nearby home­own­ers raised con­cerns about safety and in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing. Res­i­dents will be is­sued with per­mits to ac­cess the roads and emer­gency ser­vices will be ex­empt from the ban, while a new 20mph limit will also be in­tro­duced in sur­round­ing ar­eas. The scheme, which has pre­vi­ously been tri­alled in Edinburgh, will run for an ini­tial trial pe­riod of up to 18 months and be­gan on Mon­day. Nazan won a Guardian An­gel Award from the Royal So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Ac­ci­dents in recog­ni­tion of her safety cam­paign. She has pre­vi­ously called for sen­sors to be fit­ted to blind spots on HGVs, as well as cam­paign­ing for changes to cross­ings, in­clud- ing the spot where her daugh­ter died.

“No child should die on their way to school or back home,” she said. “The coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing walk­ing and cy­cling so we need to make pave­ments safer for chil­dren to walk and cy­cle, with some en­force­ment from West Mid­lands Po­lice.

“I’m so happy to think that such a move is go­ing to give our kids a lit­tle more space, and it’s good for health with less pol­lu­tion.”

Lorry driver Dar­ren Foster was jailed for six months in 2013 for the crash which killed Hope. He had been tex­ting his girl­friend min­utes be­fore the ac­ci­dent.

He ad­mit­ted charges of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice af­ter delet­ing the texts from his phone shortly af­ter the col­li­sion.

A child’s bike has been chained to the spot where Hope died since the tragedy.

Nazan Fen­nell and, inset be­low, daugh­ter Hope

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