Children take cars issue into own hands

School councillors at Walton-le-Dale Primary School have won an �1800 grant from LCC to erect signs to deter irresponsible driving and parking
School councillors at Walton-le-Dale Primary School have won an �1800 grant from LCC to erect signs to deter irresponsible driving and parking
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Safety-conscious youngsters at a village school have taken road safety into their own hands- literally.

Staff and pupils at Walton-le-Dale Primary School near Preston are so fed up of motorists causing problems outside their school they have designed their own traffic cones.

Headteacher Chris Sheilds said: “Like all schools we suffer from the problems associated with the school run and repeatedly issue requests to parents and carers not to park outside the school or obstruct residents access.

“Although we work with parents it is still an issue”.

Mr Shields added: “Child safety is something we take very seriously and to this end we have now had some cones prepared which are going to be put outside every day, before and after school, to make it clear to motorists that they cannot park here.”

The idea for the cones came from the school council, who worried about safety decided to take matters into their own hands.

Pupils drew their own slogans and images and using a £1,830 grant from Lancashire County Council, had them transferred on the plastic made up by Bamber-Bridge-based SolarTree, who also installed a bike shed a the school.

Mr Shields said: “Beside so putting the outside the school, we are also going to be giving cones to residents directly affected but the school so they can put them outside their drives.

“Hopefully people will get that message across that we take road safety seriously and will support us.”

Managing director at SolarTree Mark Whittle said: “ In addition to signs displaying messages to discourage inconsiderate and illegal parking Solartree Ltd also provided hi-viz vests with the distinctive school logo for the children’s walking bus. We hope the equipment will help the children and parents with road safety awareness, encourage walking or cycling to school and that will help reduce carbon emissions too.”