Kinglassie kids are put on a safer path

Councillor Altany Craik and headteacher Jacqueline Carswell at new barriers outside Kinglassie PS
Councillor Altany Craik and headteacher Jacqueline Carswell at new barriers outside Kinglassie PS
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Road barriers have been erected outside a local school after parents voiced concerns over safety of pupils.

Fife Council has been praised by the local community following the installation of barriers, at a cost of £2541, outside Kinglassie Primary School during the recent summer holiday.

Concerns have increased in recent months after a child was struck by a car pulling onto the pavement to park outside the school gates.

Residents have also complained about the build up of traffic congestion at peak times as parents park their vehicles to drop off or collect their children.

Jacqueline Carswell, head teacher at Kinglassie Primary School, welcomed the move.

She said: “We are delighted that the road barriers are up now as it means our children will be a lot safer. Cars parking on the pavement was a huge issue at the school but the parent council supported us in getting these barriers put up.

“Without the barriers there, it made it difficult for drivers to see the younger children and this was a real concern for us.”

She added: “Even on the first day the barriers were in we could see a big difference - there were more parents walking to school with their children.”

Councillor Altany Craik, chairman of Glenrothes Area Committee told the Gazette council officers had acted quickly to the safety concerns.

He said: “I’m delighted to see these barriers were installed during the school summer holidays.

“Ensuring our children can get to school safely is a priority for us.

“We’ve taken the communities concerns about the traffic outside the school seriously and installed barriers to hopefully fix this problem.

“I encourage parents to leave their cars at home and walk with their children to school.

“Not only is this good exercise, it will also save you money and ease traffic congestion outside the school.”