Meet the children taking the law into their own hands in a bid to makes the roads around their schools safer.
The Parking Busters are a team of determined pupils from six Thornton and Cleveleys primary schools, on a mission to stop illegal and unsafe parking.
“The children feel that people aren’t listening and they’re worried about what it could take to make people take notice.”Teacher, Ted Cooper
The children have been moved to challenge parents about their inconsiderate parking after a number of ‘near misses’ during school drop-off and pick-up times, where teachers say some children are put at risk by poor parking.
Children from each of the schools – Baines Endowed, Manor Beach, Northfold, Royles Brook, Stanah and Thornton primary schools – all designed warning posters, with a winning two from each school chosen.
Now the top dozen posters are being made into a large banner to go up outside schools.
Stanah PE co-ordinator Ted Cooper, one of the teacher’s supporting the Parking Busters, said: “We’ve decided to use the pupils as the messengers and hopefully it will make people take notice.
“It’s to tackle the parents parking dangerously or illegally – on the yellow zig zags, on pavements, or over driveways.
“All six schools meet regularly to discuss everything from sports to problems and that’s where this came from. All the school’s had the same problems – children felt unsafe.
“We’ve had a few near misses and even people ignoring the school crossing patrols.
“The children feel that people aren’t listening and they’re worried about what it could take to make people take notice.
“I think this message is best coming from the children.
“We’ve had PCSOs outside schools and headteachers do go out, reminders are constantly in newsletters too, but it doesn’t seem to have much effect and that’s why it’s now coming from the children.”
School bosses said they have previously considered asking traffic enforcement officers to take action and have even talked about issuing their own ‘parking tickets’ to warn off parents.
The Parking Busters team will head to Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, Thornton, on Monday to use its production suite to record and edit their own advert to be aired in school receptions.