Keep away from our schools
Friday 24th January 2014 @ 11:10 by Lisa B
Glossop Chronicle
THEY SHALL NOT PASS: Amber and Katie with the cone barrier outside St Charles RC Primary School in Hadfield

THEY SHALL NOT PASS: Amber and Katie with the cone barrier outside St Charles RC Primary School in Hadfield

Primary school children across Glossopdale are pleading with parents not to put their children’s lives at risk.

They say too many mums and dads are driving so close to their school gates that it’s becoming a daily danger.

In fact it’s so acute at St Charles RC Primary in Hadfield the school has put cones across the entrance drives to stop parents from driving down.

Youngsters from the Carriage Drive school called the Chronicle after general ‘drive and park’ fears were brought up by children at the latest Glossop Schools’ Forum meeting.

Pupils 11-year-old Amber and Katie both say they have seen several near misses.

The girls – who live in Glossop – say the situation is an accident waiting to happen.

Amber said: “People park on zig-zag lines, buses can’t get past, they also park on corners, just anywhere.”

Added Katie: “One day someone is going to be hit.”

The girls – both members of St Charles ‘pupils’ parliament’ raised the issue at the Glossop Schools’ Forum, which is made up of all Glossopdale primaries.

They soon discovered the problem was town-wide.

Head teacher Steve Williamson told the Chronicle: “It’s not just St Charles.

“Most schools are having problems with parents driving too close to schools. They all spoke of contacting the Chronicle.

“Children from Dinting and St James’ schools were saying the same thing.

“It’s a school issue and we are all appealing to parents not to park too close to schools in general.

“We are asking them now, before it’s too late.”

Police are also concerned about drive and park parents.

Last year they went on patrol outside St Luke’s Primary School in Spire Hollin, following complaints from neighbours that parking parents were constituting a road safety problem.

Pupils know there are safety issues. Now they are trying to convince parents, but so far it’s proving difficult.