GALLERY: Pupils join police patrol to tackle March school’s parking problem

17:04 19 February 2013

Children at Cavalry Primary School hand out parking posters with a PCSO Rachael Cheverton.

Children at Cavalry Primary School hand out parking posters with a PCSO Rachael Cheverton.

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TWO Cavalry Primary School pupils took part in a police patrol and handed out posters to drivers who were parked inconsiderately outside the school.

Motorists parking in the bus bays, double parking and leaving their cars near junctions have increasingly become a problem on Cavalry Drive,

Year 6 pupils have designed posters which ask drivers to change their parking habits.

Cerys, 11, and 10 year-old Robbie were invited to join police community support officer Rachael Cheverton on her patrol.

They approached various drivers and made them aware of the issues their parking was causing.

PSCO Cheverton said: “It is a big problem. Cars often double-park or stop near junctions, which causes an unnecessary disruption and means residents are blocked in. Today is about educating drivers.”

PSCO Cheverton said that the police’s task is made more difficult because there are no double yellow lines outside the school.

She said: “When we give out tickets we have to be able to stand up in court and defend the decision. If there were double yellow lines, the issue would be cut and dry.”

The March primary school is attended by 360 children. Concerns have been raised that cars double-parking could make access to the school difficult for an emergency vehicle were it to be needed.

Community safety officer Julie Hanrahan, who also took part in the patrol, was philosophical about the size of the task that they faced in trying to change drivers attitudes to parking.

She said: “Rome was not built in a day. You are not going to solve the problem instantly but hopefully we will be able to do more of these patrols.”

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