Ticket blitz urged at school

POLICE are being asked to carry out a ticketing blitz outside a primary school to stop parents parking on pavements.There have been a growing number of reports of near-misses with parents pulling up on the path to drop off their children nearly hitting youngsters walking to school.

POLICE are being asked to carry out a ticketing blitz outside a primary school to stop parents parking on pavements.

There have been a growing number of reports of near-misses with parents pulling up on the path to drop off their children nearly hitting youngsters walking to school.

Now parish councillors are asking police to step up patrols outside Trimley St Mary Primary School and dish out £60 fines for any driver putting their wheels on the path or dropping off on the yellow lines.

Councillor Graham Harding said: “I think we have reached the point where we have got to sort this out - no ifs, no buts, we have to go for it.

“We cannot wait for some poor child to get hurt before action is taken and that is what is going to happen sooner or later.”

Councillor David Southgate said his wife Lesley had seen an incident in which a car had narrowly missed a child, and several other people had also reported similar incidents.

Most Read

One mum told The Evening Star she had been outside the school in High Road and looked behind her just in time and grabbed her nine-year-old son out of the way of a car, and another time a car pulled onto the pavement and started reversing and almost hit him.

“My son was as white as a sheet after the first incident - it was very close and he could have been killed or seriously injured,” she said.

“It is horrifying and very upsetting. Children should be able to walk to school without fear of being run over by cars pulling up on the pavement.”

Mr Southgate said: “People are very concerned about this - the softly softly approach is not working and we need to get tougher.”

Council chairman Bryan Frost said: “The situation has deteriorated from six months ago and we do need the police to carry out some enforcement.”

Police have said the road outside the school is being given regular attention and urged anyone who has concerns to speak to the officer who will take appropriate action.

Should more be done to stop people driving children to school? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk