Sheffield school parking warnings issued

Pictured is PCSO Katie Watmough outside Greenhill Junior & Primary School warning parents and issuing advice about parking illegally on roads surronding the school,and the dangers it can cause
Pictured is PCSO Katie Watmough outside Greenhill Junior & Primary School warning parents and issuing advice about parking illegally on roads surronding the school,and the dangers it can cause
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Warnings were issued and leaflets handed out to parents parking irresponsibly outside their children’s primary - as a police campaign got back into gear for the new school term.

The It’s Your Child campaign, backed by The Star, headed to Greenhill Primary School in Sheffield - where PCSO Katie Watmough challenged mums and dads who were putting children’s lives at risk on the afternoon school run.

One motorist had parked a large four-wheel drive directly in front of a bus stop outside the school entrance - and, when they spotted the police community support officer approaching, they started the engine and drove away.

PCSO Watmough told The Star: “I see that almost every day.”

Minutes later another woman parked her Nissan Micra in exactly the same spot.

When PCSO Watmough confronted her, the driver said she did not see the bus stop - then drove on to the other side of road, blocking a row of parked cars, where she remained despite another police warning.

She drove off after beckoning two schoolboys to ‘hurry’ across the busy road, between cars caught in a jam.

PCSO Watmough was out patrolling the area surrounding the school as youngsters headed home from their first day back at school.

She handed out leaflets to mums, dads and guardians as they collected their children, and placed parking advisory notices on cars which were obstructing the busy bus routes which pass the school or causing congestion.

PCSO Watmough said: “The difficulty with this school is that we are near a bus stop. It causes congestion which goes right down to the roundabout at the bottom of the road.

“This campaign is more about highlighting the danger of parking like this on such a busy road rather than trying to catch parents parking on double yellow lines.

“The problem we have is that they park on both sides and children have to cross over between parked cars or in jams.”

The initiative, which was launched in June, has awarded £2,000 to 20 schools in Sheffield to introduce measures to improve road safety for pupils.

But, following a huge response, it is now being rolled out across South Yorkshire - where hundreds of schools face the same battle during the morning and afternoon runs.

Road safety workers and PCSOs will take to the streets again in the coming weeks to drill home the same message as the school term goes on.

One mum, Helen Kirk, aged 41, whose three children Matthew, five, Ben, seven, and Sam, nine, all attend Greenhill Primary, backed the It’s Your Child campaign.

She said: “I walk my children to school every day. I don’t live too far away. It’s bad here because you’ve got two very busy bus routes - the 87 and the 76 - which come past and there is never any space for them to stop because people are parked up.

“I really hope the campaign makes people think twice. I know it’s difficult if you work or live far away but I am sure there are some parents who drive here when they only live about 10 minutes away.”

Mum Kerry Holmes, whose six-year-old Keeyan Hussain is at the school, added: “I drive most days. I do try to walk but I have college so it’s normally a dash in the morning.”