New road safety measures introduced outside a Sheffield primary school are having a ‘massive impact’ on keeping pupils safe, the headteacher has said.
Double yellow lines have been introduced along the front of St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy on Spring Water Avenue, Hackenthorpe, following a campaign by concerned parents about dangerous parking.
The new measures were introduced in October following discussions with Sheffield Council and South Yorkshire Police and headteacher Frank Barratt said they have been a welcome addition.
He said pupil safety is a top priority for the school, while it is also keen to encourage more children and parents to walk in rather than taking the car.
Mr Barratt said: “Sometimes people were parking on the pavement and sometimes on the road.
“It obstructed the pavement for people walking and they were having to go out on to the road. We had families and children struggling to pass down the road in both directions.
“A number of children make their own way home or go home in groups and I was concerned about the potential for accidents. A number of parents felt very strongly about the ways that cars were parking and the risks this posed to children.”
He added: “It has had a massive impact. Parking is always an issue for parents and in a residential area it is exacerbated. It is hard and we acknowledge that. But the safety of the children is absolutely paramount.
“Parents can hopefully feel a bit more reassured about their children walking into school.”