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Sheffield parents in safety drive

Meg Munn MP joined children and parents at Mundella Primary  in a 'It's your child campaign' focusing on road safety around the school.

Meg Munn MP joined children and parents at Mundella Primary in a 'It's your child campaign' focusing on road safety around the school.

Parents are taking a stand against motorists putting children at risk outside a Sheffield primary school.

Mums, dads and carers have joined forces in a bid to curb the dangerous parking problems outside Mundella Primary School, Norton.

They said zig-zag markings and double yellow lines are abused on a daily basis and cars are often found blocking pavements, blocking access for youngsters.

Inspired by The Star and South Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership’s It’s Your Child campaign, the Mundella Parents Against Dangerous Parking is aiming to highlight the risk such behaviour poses to pupils.

The drive has been backed by Will Smith, Mundella headteacher, and Meg Munn, Sheffield Heeley MP.

Police have also promised to support the campaign by deploying community support officers to patrol the entrance in the morning.

Mum-of-two Charlotte Porter, whose daughter Alice is in Year 2 and son George is in Reception at the school, said: “The formation of the parents’ group was the result of concern regarding the problem of dangerous parking occurring daily around our school. The problem is not unique to our school, nor is it a new phenomenon and tackling the issue is tricky, as the people who cause the problems are also parents of schoolchildren – like us.

“Our hopes, as a group, are to raise awareness to keep the debate current, and to be involved in realistic and long-term plans like improved street signage and paving, and increased presence of traffic wardens to fine illegally parked vehicles.”

Ms Munn, who visited Mundella, said: “I want to congratulate the parents and teachers for the positive way they are tackling this.”

 

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