Children make a stand against traffic chaos caused outside their school in Doncaster

Primary pupils have come together to tackle a parking problem outside their school which led to a child getting hit with a car.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 10:35 am

Saltersgate Infants School has decided to make a stand against parents who park illegally outside of the school.

Lee Bell, headteacher, said: “A child was recently hit by a car, luckily not causing significant harm.

“Since then the school councillors have proactively taken it upon themselves to try and tackle the dangerous parking around school.”

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Grace Ward, aged seven who is on the school council, said: “We took some photos on the yellow lines to show people they shouldn’t park there.”

They were joined by PC Parish and PC Stanton from South Yorkshire Police.

Children lined up on the street to encourage parents not to park there.

Lee said since they shared the photos there has been a dramatic reduction of parked cars.

“We have had parents comment on how safe it feels now,” Lee said.

“People are being encouraged to park in the nearby shops car park instead.”

This is just the beginning the school council has even more plans to tackle the problem.

Billy Mathison, also aged seven and on the council, said: “We will give out tracking tickets to anyone who parks on the yellow lines.”

The tickets will not be enforceable by law but instead be a way for the school children to show their dissatisfaction with any parents who choose to ignore the rules.

Lee said: “We're really proud of our children who often show more road safety awareness than some adults in their vehicles do.”

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