Markinch pupils ready to halt speeding motorists

Pupils from Markinch Primary School campaigning
Pupils from Markinch Primary School campaigning

Youngsters in Markinch are hoping to put the brakes on irresponsible motorists who who are putting children in danger.

Primary school pupils have been out in force displaying banners and placards in a bid to highlight the dangers caused by speeding motorists in the town.

Children and staff are putting aside two hours per week to hit the pavements around the school as part of the ‘20’s Plenty’ campaign to reduce driver speed to a maximum of 20mph on roads close to school and nursery premises.

Sandra Forbes, head teacher, said children felt strongly about the speeding issue and it was from their lead that a protest was organised.

“The pupils have already been successful in reducing the amount of people parking close to school gates, which was a problem, and they wanted to do more to try get the message over that speeding motorists are not wanted in this town,” explained Sandra.

Staff have now put up a number of new signs on the school fence to help highlight the issue with parents and motorists.

Councillor John Beare welcomed the pro-active approach the school was taking.

He said:“ Traffic, parking and speed are an issue around almost every school in Fife and the safety of our youngest citizens must always be a priority.”

He added: “It is heartening that our local schools are prepared to bring their concerns about these issues to the attention of the wider public but also in encouraging our youngest citizens to demonstrate their unease to us all.”