New term, same parking problem at Fair Isle

Mirren McDonald and Kieran Mercer with Mrs Walker during last year's campaign. Pic: FPA
Mirren McDonald and Kieran Mercer with Mrs Walker during last year's campaign. Pic: FPA
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Selfish drivers have forced a school to close its gates to motorists again – just a few weeks after re-opening them following a former ban.

And Fair Isle Primary headteacher Rae Walker said that it is just a few thoughtless parents who are spoiling things for the rest of the school community.

We had to do it for the children’s safety

Fair Isle Primary headteacher Rae Walker

The school introduced a blanket ban on parking in the school’s car park last June when parents were caught dropping children off on double yellow lines at the entrance to the school playground, where many children cross.

The move followed a safety campaign by senior pupils to try to prevent dangerous parking, with several students verbally abused when they asked drivers to move their cars.

With the backing of the parent council, Mrs Walker closed the car park, and it remained closed until the start of the new term in August.

However Mrs Walker told the Press she had been forced to reintroduce the ban recently in the interests of pupil safety.

“When we came back again after the summer we decided to see if we could open the car park gates again to parents as it was a new term and there would be new parents who would maybe be more considerate.

“However within just two or three weeks they were back to parking on the double yellow lines at the school entrance and it was becoming a safety issue again, so we took the step to close the gates and not allow entry.

“It’s a shame for those who use the car park properly, including some teachers who can be in and out three or four times a day, but we had to do it for the children’s safety which is our main priority.”

Report to council

The Fair Isle car park ban coincides with a school parking survey carried out by Councillor Marie Penman and council officer Neil Finnie.

Mrs Penman and Mr Finnie, the council’s compliance officer for education and children’s services, stood outside school gates in Kirkcaldy at the start and end of the day to note the driver behaviour.

Their findings will form the basis of a report to Fife Council’s Kirkcaldy area committee to consider what steps can be taken to try to alleviate the problem which affects every school in the town.