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Surrey children at risk from dangerous parking at school gates

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Surrey children at risk from dangerous parking at school gates

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 20th April 2018. (Updated at 6:22am 20th April 2018)

Parents in Surrey are being asked to put safety first when parking around schools.

Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Surrey Police and local schools are highlighting what they describe as an ongoing problem, despite schools repeatedly urging parents to park safely.

A report on child casualties in the county found that between 2005 and 2011 there were on average 50 per year which took place during school journey times within 250 metres of school gates.

Parking enforcement officers have increased the number of visits to schools around the relevant times to try to educate people and improve parking behaviour, including issuing tickets.

During the winter term (September to December 2017), 13 Penalty Charge Notices were issued outside schools for offences such as parking on zig zag or yellow lines, with another 32 warnings issued. 

Surrey Heath Borough Councillor Bill Chapman said: "New parking restrictions have been installed outside more schools to improve road safety. 

"However this does not help if parents ignore these restrictions. 

"The Surrey Heath Borough Council civil enforcement team cannot be outside every school every day – so they need the assistance of parents to help make improper parking outside of schools unacceptable." 

David Oakley, Chair of Governors, Crawley Ridge Junior School and Geoffrey Palmer, Chair of Governors, Crawley Ridge Infant School, also endorsed this campaign. 

In a joint statement, they said: "We know we are by no means the only schools in the borough who have an ongoing problem with inconsiderate or dangerous parking – however a small number of parents of children attending Crawley Ridge Infant and Junior Schools make the decision every day to park on the double yellow lines or no-parking areas near the school.   

"The resulting congestion and frustration creates a dangerous environment where children could be injured or worse.   

"Requests to parents to recognise these dangers and to change their behaviour continues to be ignored by a few.   

"We can only hope this campaign will finally influence those parents to park safely and legally around our schools, and help keep our children safe." 

Cllr Chapman added: "It only takes a few more minutes to park further away in a safe, legal space – surely our children's safety is worth that?"

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