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‘We are concerned for our safety’ - primary pupils’ plea for parents to park safely

PUBLISHED: 11:20 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 11 December 2017

Children form Spooner Row school are making parents aware of the dangers of parking without care outside their school. They are pictured with headteacher Bridget Hanton. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Children form Spooner Row school are making parents aware of the dangers of parking without care outside their school. They are pictured with headteacher Bridget Hanton. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

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Children at a village primary school are pleading with parents to be mindful over parking to protect their safety.

Children form Spooner Row school are making parents aware of the dangers of parking without care outside their school. They are pictured with headteacher Bridget Hanton. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017Children form Spooner Row school are making parents aware of the dangers of parking without care outside their school. They are pictured with headteacher Bridget Hanton. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

The school council at Spooner Row Primary School are planning to write to parents, the Highways Agency and South Norfolk Council over their worries, which have grown in recent months.

In a letter penned to this newspaper, the council - made up of 16 pupils from various year groups - said “we are concerned for our safety”.

“Our school needs your help to improve our parking as it is blocking entrances to school and can be dangerous for children walking to the building,” they said. “We are hoping you can highlight this issue as it is becoming a big problem to our school.”

Currently, parents are allowed to park in a car park next to the school, which is owned by Wymondham Town Council.

Children form Spooner Row school are making parents aware of the dangers of parking without care outside their school. They are pictured with headteacher Bridget Hanton. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017Children form Spooner Row school are making parents aware of the dangers of parking without care outside their school. They are pictured with headteacher Bridget Hanton. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

But headteacher Bridget Hanton said: “We have found increasingly that parents are parking in the roads around the school and being quite inconsiderate.

“The governors are concerned about the parking issues and the safety of the children, which is obviously paramount. As the governors were looking into it, the school council decided they would as well.”

She said they started by discussing the issues around parking, before they ventured out to see the problems themselves.

“I took the children out one morning,” Mrs Hanton said, “and we took a look at how people were parking in the area.

“Then they decided at school council they would write to highways and the council.”

They hope to write to parents in the new year, and Mrs Hanton said the school was doing what it could to “alleviate” the problems.

She said local pub owner Russell Evans, who runs The Boars, had said he was happy for parents to park in the car park and walk their children to school from there - a third of a mile in distance.

Pick-up and drop-off time parking is an issue at plenty of schools. Last year, Thorpe St Andrew Town Council proposed temporarily closing off a road leading to Dussindale Primary School after complaints from those living in the area.

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