Sunday, 19 May 2013

School in parking plea

DORRIDGE Nursery and Infant school has called on parents not to park outside the school.

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It has joined 10 others schools in a Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council road safety campaign.

Pupils have been given green ribbons bearing slogan “Make our day – park further away!”

Mayor of Solihull Len Hawkins said: “This scheme is fantastic and I really hope parents take on board the message the message printed on these green ribbons.

“Parking illegally or inconsiderately not only causes inconvenience to local residents and undermines a school's efforts to be a good neighbour, but also creates road safety issues, including danger to pedestrians crossing roads.

“I really hope people start to think about where they park on the school run and do so more considerately – even if it means parking a little bit further away.”

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  1. Most of them can walk anyway

  2. One of the problems about expecting the children to be walked to and from school is that many of the parents who drive their children to school are on their way to work, and also returning from work and so do not have time to walk their children to school, perhaps they are about to operate on your friends knee and do not want to be late! or fix your teeth (these people do have children who need to be taken and picked up from school and this goes for 100 of parents who just do not have the choice about walking). What needs to be done is to accept that people do need to drive their children to school, therefor to
    arrange for safe parking.

  3. Hmmm. They do have a choice 10:28. They could choose to spend a small proportion of their salary on wraparound care and walk the children in earlier. Or they can choose to be 20 minutes later to work (presumably they don't drop off at 8.40 and get in for 9am anyway) and park a bit further away.

    That said, if the council actually wanted to do something about this (rather than just being seen to be making the right noises) they should come up with a few ideas to really discourage door-to-door driving...

    Walking buses. Drop off points with shuttle buses from carparks: Forest Court and the churches on Station Road/Mill Lane spring to mind. Liftshare scheme - children buddy up with others who live in their road. Nearby houses could join a voluntary Park on my Drive' scheme. Staggered start-times. Not approving a massive "traffic-magnet" supermarket.

    That's just off the top of my head. You can't simply expect parents to do the right thing.

  4. Cant the school appeal to the better nature (!) of St G&T church and borrow their car park for the short time it takes to drop off and pick up. the car park is always empty at these times.

    1. Now that's a good idea!!

    2. 30years ago, St G &T allowed us to use their car park, we only used it in bad weather and it seemed not to be abused

  5. Expecting God Bothers to do anything other than look after their own interests?
    Good luck with that one!!

    1. 20:54 I guess you should just keep parking illegally and being selfish then.