Ipswich: Support growing for Ipswich Star’s Park Smart school parking campaign

PCSO John Hood is a visible presence outside Cliff Lane School to encourage parents to park sensibly

PCSO John Hood is a visible presence outside Cliff Lane School to encourage parents to park sensibly

Nearly 90% of parents are concerned about safety outside schools, it has been revealed.

Park Smart campaign

Park Smart campaign - Credit: Archant

Last week the Ipswich Star launched the Park Smart campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed by cars parked inconsiderately, and sometimes illegally, int he roads surrounding our primary schools.

And in a poll on our website, 88% of parents agreed that they fear for the safety of their children.

The campaign has already sparked debate about this growing issue.

Posting on our website, Ed Watts said: “What happened to everyone walking to school including parents?”

Kimberly McCartney added: “There is no justification for some of the dangerous and selfish parking I regularly see near a local high school where the kids are able enough to do the journey by bus unaccompanied.

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“I very much hope parking officers are put in place at all schools permanently to solve the problems caused for residents and those wishing to merely pass by on foot or by road at opening or closing times.”

But another web commenter argued: “Most people driving are desperately trying to get kids to school before heading straight to work.

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“Dropping Kids off at 8.45am and praying that there are no traffic hold up so you can get in for 9am have no lunch and leave at 3pm so you can collect them. This can not be done if you have to walk home to get the car.

She called for parking areas to be provided for parents, to allow them to drop off safely.”

Join the debate by adding your comments below or tweet using #SchoolParking

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