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Calls for improved road safety outside Tywardreath Primary School in Par

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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ROADS around Tywardreath Primary School must be made safer before a child is seriously injured or killed, says one concerned parent.

Tywardreath and Par parish councillor Grenville Allen, whose children go to the school, said in the past week he had witnessed two separate incidents in which a child had nearly been struck by a car.

"But for luck, we'd be discussing the serious injury or death of a child," he said.

"On both occasions it was the direct result of parking on double yellow lines or misuse of the blue badge system."

Though enforcement officers monitored roads around the school, he said, they failed to act against parents parking illegally.

The situation appeared to be getting worse, and he was now calling on parents to consider the safety of all pupils when picking up and dropping off their children, and urging Cornwall Council to review road safety measures in the area.

"The speed of cars in the area has noticeably increased, to add to the danger, and in particular the parking at the junction of Vicarage Road has become ridiculous with cars parking in such a manner that children are being forced to cross between them," Mr Allen said.

Head teacher Peter Frost said parking outside the school had been a problem for many years. "As the school has got bigger and bigger over the years the issue has got worse," he said.

"Road safety advice goes out in the school newsletter every week but some parents are choosing to ignore that advice.

"Unfortunately some parents seem to think they know the law better than the law enforcers, the Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and enforcement officers, so we've had that to deal with as well."

Mr Frost, who has worked at the school for seven years, said it had attempted to bring in measures to improve the safety of pupils, such as increasing the pick-up and drop-off times to a 30-minute window.

He urged all parents to abide by the road markings and heed the advice given to protect children at the school.

A spokeswoman for Cornwall Council said the authority was "aware of the parking issues at the school and is willing to help the school to produce a Travel Plan with the aim of encouraging a greater use of sustainable travel modes and thus reducing the number of vehicles.

"Enforcement of restrictions does take place on an ad hoc basis as resources allow," she said.

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  • josdave  |  February 19 2014, 8:50AM

    If only the parents who take part in the school run realised that their reckless parking put the lives of children at risk then we'd be better off. I don't know about this school but the one nearest us at Sandy Hill is utter chaos for an hour in the morning and again in the afternoon. There are even recorded instances of parents parking there hours before to book a place. Why do they have to park why can't they let their children out and drive on?

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  • josdave  |  February 19 2014, 8:50AM

    If on the parents who take part in the school run realised that their reckless parking put the lives of children at risk then we'd be better off. I don't know about this school but the one nearest us at Sandy Hill is utter chaos for an hour in the morning and again in the afternoon. There are even recorded instances of parents parking there hours before to book a place. Why do they have to park why can't they let their children out and drive on?

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