Safety first pupils tackle bad parking

Methilhill Primary School launch its new travel plan. Picture by FPA
Methilhill Primary School launch its new travel plan. Picture by FPA
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Pupils at a Levenmouth Primary School have launched a specific travel plan to try to tackle parking issues outside their school.

A School Improvement Plan (SIP) group of 24 children at Methilhill Primary, led by Primary 7 teacher Cheryl Laing, have been meeting monthly throughout this school session to produce a Travel Action Plan for the school.

We are also working closely with the community police and parking attendant co-ordinators to ensure we enforce the no parking on yellow lines at the front of the school.

Lyn Meeks, headteacher

Parents, children and staff were surveyed to see how they travelled to school and what the safest routes to school were , as well as identifying any other issues.

A mapping exercise was completed to show where the children lived, the route by which they came to school and the most popular routes used to get to the Sea Road facility.

The children in the SIP group also went on a public walk to identify any safety issues or concerns close to the school.

A number of issues were identified in the final travel plan which will be published on the school website, with the most significant concern highlighted as parking around the school by parents and carers.

Robyn Stevens, travel plan co-ordinator, and Mrs Laing officially launched the plan last week.

Parents/carers were given the chance to view the presentation and the work carried out by the pupils throughout the term.

Community Police officers were also on hand to speak about the ongoing parking issues and their involvement. Councillor Jim Young also attended the launch along with Angela Cunningham, chairman of the Parent Council.

Lyn Meeks, headteacher at Methilhill Primary School, told the Mail: “The work the group has undertaken this year has been amazing.

“They have been committed to supporting the whole school in identifying safe routes to healthily walk to school.”

Mrs Meeks also thanked the Mrs Laing for driving the group forward and allowing pupils the opportunity to launch the plan during the school’s Healthy Green week.

She added: “An on-going concern that we are still trying to address is the parking of cars on Sea Road at the beginning and end of the school day.

“As part of the activities this week the children had the opportunity to walk the safe routes to school and parents were invited to accompanying them during this.

“We are also working closely with the community police and parking attendant co-ordinators to ensure we enforce the no parking on yellow lines at the front of the school.

“As a school we are very lucky as the school can be accessed from all sides on foot and by car so parents can safely park in other streets to avoid congestion on Sea Road.”