Safe parking pledges at West Coats school
Parents at a Cambuslang primary have stepped up their campaign to improve road safety around the school.
West Coats Primary’s parent council have launched a road safety parking pledge initiative, and are encouraging parents and carers to sign up and support it.
The new idea is part of the ongoing attempt to cut back on the number of parents parking near the school while dropping off and picking up their children before and after class.
Many parents have expressed fears that the additional traffic and number of vehicles near the school, coupled with poor parking and drivers being in a hurry, will ultimately result in an accident.
The new pledge asks parents to walk all or part of the way to school when possible with their children, to not stop on the School Keep Clear zig zags, to not park on the pavement and to avoid performing dangerous manoeuvres, such as reversing towards pavements.
When parents sign up they are issued with a car window sticker to display their support and encourage others to sign up, and all the returned pledges were entered into a prize draw to win a meal for two, kindly donated by the Cinnamon Indian restaurant on Cambuslang Main Street.
Delighted Maria Bradshaw was the first winner of the prize.
The parent council’s Ross Parker told the Reformer: “The area outside the school is busy in the morning and at the end of the school day, and parents who park irresponsibly potentially place children in danger.
“The School Keep Clear zig zags should maintain an area free from parked cars because this allows children and parents walking in and out of school to cross safely, where they can see and be seen by approaching traffic.”
The idea is supported by James Kelly MSP, while the West Coats parent council have also put the initiative forward to South Lanarkshire Council as a best practice, which it will consider for other schools facing similar issues.
The pledge follows on from a road safety event in October 2018.
Winner Maria Bradshaw, second left, was delighted to win a meal at Cinnamon