Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen hopes pupil power will help keep roads around school safer

Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen with Formby dad Dave Maher, Debbie Charnock from Trinity St Peter's PTA, deputy head Louisa Martyn and members of the school council.

 

A Formby Labour Councillor is hoping pupil power will help deal with the problem of dangerous drivers near to our schools.

Cars parking outside schools is a major problem at the start of the school day and at home times.

Harington Ward Labour Councillor Nina Killen said it is a major problem at schools throughout Formby and beyond with hundreds of parents driving their children to schools each day, and a small minority blocking residents' driveways and even parking on pavements and zig-zag lines.

But to tackle the problem, Cllr Killen is proposing that each of Formby's schools get their pupils to draw up contracts which they will then get their parents to sign up to to make roads around our schools safer.

Cllr Nina Killen has already received the backing of Trinity St Peter's Primary and she is hoping to get the support of the rest of the town's schools when she speaks to the Formby Schools' Voice council in the new year.

Cllr Killen said: "The problem of parents parking outside schools to drop their children off is an issue everywhere. It is a problem that nearby residents complain about and it is an issue that the pupils themselves are worried about because of the increased dangers they face having to cross roads around parked cars, or even cars parked on pavements.

"I'm a parent myself. My children go to Trinity St Peter's. I know how convenient it can be to drop the kids off right outside the school gate. But the more people think that, the greater problem will be created as the roads around our schools are already congested.

"So what I hope to see is for pupils themselves to draw up contracts which they'll get their parents to sign up to which create a series of rules for dropping off, parking and driving around the school.

"If it's the pupils themselves coming up with the rules and urging parents to sign up and adhere to them, I know from my own personal experience, there is more of a chance of this being a success."

To reinforce the campaign, Cllr Killen has also got the backing of Formby dad, Dave Maher, from Lancashire Ford.

Dave, whose children attend Woodland Primary, has agreed to sponsor pupil-designed posters which will be placed around schools highlighting the dangers of inconsiderate parking.

He said: "There is a major problem with traffic around schools everywhere you go. I know there's an issue on Woodlands Road because I see it every day.

"That is why I was keen to back this idea and sponsor the posters which will act as a reminder for parents who may be busy and have other things on their minds.

"The signs themselves will be permanent features outside the schools and continually raise awareness of the problem. That, together with the children themselves reminding their parents of the rules and the contract they've signed up to, should go some way to solving the problem.

"So Lancashire Ford is more than happy to back this campaign."

Cllr Killen said she was hopeful the poster scheme would be supported by other local businesses.

Cllr Killen said: "This could be a great scheme which supports local schools, residents, parents and children as well as local businesses.

"Dangerous parking and driving around our schools is an issue that most people are concerned about and I am hopeful that we can all come together to work on tackling it once and for all."

 

Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen with Formby dad Dave Maher, Debbie Charnock from Trinity St Peter's PTA, deputy head Louisa Martyn and members of the school council.

 

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