Pupil ‘traffic wardens’ issue tickets at school
PARENTS are being slapped with ‘parking tickets’ by children as part of a clampdown on bad parking around schools in Tameside.
Youngsters from Russell Scott Primary School, in Denton, have been handing out warnings to drivers around Clare Street to try to make the area and roads safer for them and their classmates.
Anyone who doesn’t listen to the advice will be issued penalty notices by police and council traffic officers.
The new parking initiative was launched by GMP and Tameside council last week and is being piloted over the next few weeks at the primary school.
It was prompted by concerns from parents, teachers and residents about poor parking and driver behaviour.
Several fixed penalty notices have been issued and traffic around the school is already said to have eased.
PC Lee Broadbent said that officers have also been going into the school to speak to youngsters about the issue with a hope that they will take the message home to their parents.
He posted about the initiative on GMP Tameside South’s Facebook page, also sharing photos of some of the ‘junior PCSOs’ at work.
The post read: “Following reports/concerns from parents, teachers and local residents, neighbourhood officers and PCSOs (with the help of pupil junior PCSOs) and Tameside council have commenced a parking initiative with Russell Scott Primary School aimed at improving poor parking/ driver behaviour and creating a safer space around the school for the children.
“The junior PCSOs issued parking information tickets which aim to encourage parents to think about the impact of poor driving practice.
“Ourselves and our partners at Tameside council will be on hand to provide support and where appropriate issue penalty notices to parents who choose not to take advantage of the advice previously offered.
“The scheme has been going well since being launched on Monday and we have already seen some great benefits and reductions in traffic around school with the vast majority of parents providing positive feedback and support.
“The scheme will be evaluated in six weeks’ time so as to assess the impact and potential to roll out to other schools within the locality.” ●● ●●
Children from Russell Scott Primary School hand out ‘parking tickets’
Russell Scott Primary School taking part in the new initiative by GMP and Tameside Council