Hatfield children campaign to educate parents on safer parking near their school

PUBLISHED: 09:14 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:14 20 March 2018

Pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 of The Ryde School in Hatfield are campaigning for safer parking. 
Picture: Danny Loo

Pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 of The Ryde School in Hatfield are campaigning for safer parking. Picture: Danny Loo

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Hatfield school children are campaigning this week to educate parents on road safety outside their school.

Placards line the verge outside The Ryde School in Hatfield. 
Picture: Danny Loo Placards line the verge outside The Ryde School in Hatfield. Picture: Danny Loo

The campaign has been launched amid increasing concerns surrounding children’s safety at The Ryde School in Pleasant Rise, Hatfield.

Headteacher Sue Thompson, who has worked at the school for 12 years, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that inconsiderate and unsafe parking had worsened in the last year.

Concerns were also raised by the school’s Parent Council.

Mrs Thompson said: “It’s the same as every school really.

“We have parents parking on double yellow lines opposite the zig zag lines.

“They also stop in the road to drop children off and other cars have to weave through the traffic, which is dangerous for the families crossing.

“Other parents are fed up with the inconsiderate way people park because it makes it unsafe for the children.”

Mrs Thompson also recalled how there were incidents in the last academic year with parents shouting at each other over the parking situation and number plates being reported to the police.

“Parents just won’t park that little bit away and walk.

“They want to park as close as they can.

“It’s only a narrow road and it’s selfish.

“There are no car parks near us at all but there are roads near us where they could park so it’s not directly congested outside the school.

“To park 100m away and walk isn’t took much to ask to keep everyone safe,” she added.

This week, Mrs Thompson intends to hold an assembly on the matter and placards designed by the children will be placed at the school entrance.

The youngsters will also be designing leaflets which will be taken home to parents.

Parking wardens are expected to pay the school a visit this week and Mrs Thompson also hopes there will be a police presence too.

There are 210 children at the school and it is estimated that between 30 to 40 per cent are dropped off by car.

Sergeant Stephen Hynes, of the Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “When dropping off children, parents and guardians are reminded to park safely or they risk putting others, including children, in danger.

“Please do not park on double yellow or zig zag lines and do not block the road.

“Where possible, we would recommend walking to school to help ease congestion.”

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