Pupil ‘traf­fic war­dens’ is­sue tick­ets at school

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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

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