Safe park­ing pledges at West Coats school

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

JONATHAN GEDDES

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

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