Poor parking message driven home by Henry

Falkland Primary School pupil Henry Bull (10), who won the competition, with Sergeant Ewan Pearce (left) and Constable Graeme Whittaker. Pictured from left at the back are Elaine Braildsford (Cupar Tesco community champion, who handed over a box of games to Henry), head teacher Jan Adair and local Fife Councillor David McDiarmid.
Falkland Primary School pupil Henry Bull (10), who won the competition, with Sergeant Ewan Pearce (left) and Constable Graeme Whittaker. Pictured from left at the back are Elaine Braildsford (Cupar Tesco community champion, who handed over a box of games to Henry), head teacher Jan Adair and local Fife Councillor David McDiarmid.

A Howe of Fife school beset by problems of unsafe parking has been the focus of a new police initiative to help raise awareness of the issue.

Pupils at Falkland Primary School were asked to write a piece about how they’re affected by thoughtless parking at the start and the end of the day.

And the winner, 10-year-old Henry Bull, had a visit from local community officers to present him with a prize provided by Elaine Brailsford, community champion at Tesco in Cupar.

Henry’s winning entry will also be sent out in a warning letter from Police Scotland to the owner of vehicles observed parked illegally in the area.

He wrote: “When you park on the double yellow lines you are risking the lives of lots of children. If you are parking on the double yellow lines children cannot see past to cross the road. This means they could get ran over.

“If there are no spaces then park somewhere else. It is also illegal so you could get a fine. Please park where you are allowed and save people’s lives!”

Said PC Graeme Whittaker: “Community officers in the North East Fife area are aware of a number of parking problems and issues that local schools have at the start and end of the school day.

“The parking around these areas is a safety concern for both the local community and the police.

“It is imperative that as a community we act together to make our roads and neighbourhoods safer and in the process encourage drivers to comply with all road traffic regulations and signage in order to keep people safe.

“We urge all parents dropping or picking up children at Falkland Primary or any other school in the area to abide by the law and park safely and responsibly around the community’s schools.”

Fife Council’s Parking Enforcement Team said that parking attendants will and do issue £60 penalty charge notices to anyone parked on a ‘School Keep Clear’ marking or on double yellow lines.