Call to consider pupils’ safety

Year Six junior road safety officers Faith Sentance and Connor Panton with examples of the notes for problem parkers.
Year Six junior road safety officers Faith Sentance and Connor Panton with examples of the notes for problem parkers.

A Sleaford primary school has backed calls for parents and carers to consider pupils’ safety when parking at dropping off and picking up times.

The issue of inconsiderate parking outside William Alvey CofE School, in Eastgate, was raised on social media this week, prompting a lively debate.

Speaking to The Standard headteacher Stephen Tapley echoed concerns raised by some online.

He said: “There is definitely a problem. I have talked to our PCSO and the Highways team and we are trying to think of lots of possible solutions.”

He spoke of such problem parking as cars being left on the pavement opposite the school, blocking a cycle path in the process.

“We are trying to encourage students to cycle to school and in the next minute there are cars parking on even turning on there,” Mr Tapley added.

Other examples, he said, includes parking on nearby verges and even in the entrance of the adjacent cemetery.

The school has written to parents and carers about the issue and also looked to such initiatives as rewarding pupils for cycling to school.

It is now considering placing notes on cars it considers to be parked inappropriately.

Mr Tapley added he would like to see such steps backed up by stronger enforcement of parking laws.