Blackpool schoolchildren are safer on their way to and from school – thanks to simple new signs.
Parents and teachers at St John Vianney Catholic Primary School have raised fears about parking problems along Glastonbury Avenue in Marton.
PC Matt Walters, the community beat manager for Tyldesley ward, and the school’s chairman of governors had been warned about numbers of vehicles parking on yellow zig-zag lines outside the school.
The school is on a narrow road which gets very busy during the school run periods and can potentially pose a risk to the children’s safety when they are crossing as their view is impeded.
PC Walters approached the ward councillors Allen Matthews and Eddie Collett, who provided £150 to fund the production of banners and signs utilising the national THINK! branding.
The effect of the banners has been immediate and positive, say police, seeing numbers of cars parked on the road go from five to 10 a day to none.
PC Walters said: “The issues outside St John Vianney were posing a serious road safety threat to both the school’s children and residents.
“I’m very glad we were able to resolve this issue so quickly, and would remind parents dropping their children off at school and other motorists in the area to pay particular care and attention when driving on Glastonbury Avenue when children are going to and from the school.”
Coun Allen Matthews added: “The area outside the school can become extremely congested and caused safety concerns among a number of parents.
“The safety of children and parents is paramount, so we’re pleased we can work together to provide a solution. We’re delighted our small contribution can make a big difference.
“When possible, we would like to see parents parking away from the school and walk in using the crossings available.”
Cathy Butterworth, chairman of the school’s board of governors, said: “Since we have displayed the THINK! banners and signs along Glastonbury Avenue, there has been a dramatic improvement in parking, which will ultimately improve the safety of our children.
“We would hope that this could be rolled out to all Blackpool schools.”