PUPILS at an Ilkeston infant school have launched a campaign to put a stop to parking problems that its headteacher has said is ‘putting lives at risk’.
Children at Charlotte Infant and Nursery School are working with community police officers to try and stop parents pulling up right outside the gates and using the small and narrow Trinity Close to turn around in.
Headteacher Pamela Jordan said: “The staff and children of Charlotte Nursery and Infant School are very worried that parents and carers are putting them in danger every day.
“Parents are parking, turning and reversing on Trinity Close, risking the lives of all the children.
“The children are mounting a campaign with the police to stop the careless attitude of their parents before someone is killed or injured.
“We ask everyone to help in stopping and shaming those people that flout the rules.”
Pupils will be making leaflets and handing them out to parents and carers during the school run.
Problems have also been reported outside Granby Junior School and Cotmanhay Junior School.
Pc Andrew Kendall-Edwards, from the Cotmanhay and Shipley View Safer Neighbourhood Team, told the Advertiser that fines have been issued to motorists who have ignored police warnings over parking and speeding outside the three schools.
He added: “At the end of last year my team and I issued a number of warnings to motorists, but it seems these have been ignored as the problem still continues.
“I have issued fixed penalty notices for parking and one for a driver using a mobile phone.
“The drivers will now have to pay a fine and will receive points on their licence.”
Brian Allsopp, headteacher at Granby Junior School, said: “Many of our pupils walk to and from school and this is something we encourage as it fits in with our Healthy Schools Programme.
“However we do have some parents who drop their children off outside the school and the roads become very congested.
“ We are concerned that inconsiderate parking puts other children at risk.
“Our message to drivers is to Park and Stride - park away from the schools and walk the last part of the journey.”