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No pass mark for parking at St Andrews school

Canongate Primary School,pupil council so fed up with traffic problems at front of school, especially parents parked up for picking up at end of day. 12 year old Colin Wares. 15 April 14

Canongate Primary School,pupil council so fed up with traffic problems at front of school, especially parents parked up for picking up at end of day. 12 year old Colin Wares. 15 April 14

Pupils and staff at a St Andrews primary school say parents are still failing to make the grade on safety by parking outside the school.

When a direct plea to parents in the school newsletter to park away from Canongate Primary School at pick-up times had no affect, pupils recently decided it was time to teach them a lesson by going public and turn the spotlight on dangerous parking through the columns of the Citizen.

However, this week head teacher Linda Birtwistle reported that the situation was as bad as ever.

Problems arise at the end of the day when cars park on the Canongate along the front of the school grounds, including parking on double yellow lines and in the space allocated for the school bus.

“We have people arriving up to half an hour before pick-up time so they can get a space and by the time the bell goes cars are parked all along the road,” Mrs Birtwistle said.

There is also congestion caused by parking at the corners of the road, at nearby roundabouts, traffic lights and on the pavement.

People are also letting children out on the wrong side of the road and using the staff car park as a drop-off point.

There have been two accidents in the last year when children have been knocked down.

Although neither resulted in serious injuries, staff fear it is only a matter of time before something worse happens.

“We even proposed a ‘walk-in bus’, where we would have had volunteers walk children to and from safe collection points near the school but there wasn’t any interest,” Mrs Birtwistle said.

The school has also highlighted to parents that they can park at the nearby Botanic Gardens as an alternative.

Now the school is considering a permanent solution and is working with Fife Council’s traffic management team to investigate using part of the grounds to create an area for parking away from the front of the school.

“However, this is not going to happen right away so in the meantime we would again urge parents to consider the danger they could be causing,” Mrs Birtwistle said.

 

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