18th Aug, 2019

Railings bid to stop school run drivers clogging up Redditch pavements

Harry Leach 8th Mar, 2019

RAILINGS are likely to be put in place outside Oak Hill First School in the latest attempt to stop reckless drivers parking on double-yellow lines.

The idea was raised during a crisis-meeting held between Headteacher Lynn Kelly, PCSO Gemma Bosco-Woods and councillors Pattie Hill and Andy Fry earlier this week.

For more than a decade the school has suffered with parents parking illegally as they wait to pick up and drop off their children.

Nothing done so far has been able to prevent this, which includes re-painting the lines bright yellow and putting ‘mini-police officers’ in place.

Headteacher Lynn Kelly sent home a three-page plea to parents this week and even had Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion visit the school recently.

“There has been a very minimal change since putting the mini-police officers down,” said Miss Kelly.

“Railings are the only way we can stop people from mounting the kerbs.

“I will be meeting with the County Council’s liaison officer very soon to see if this is something we can do.”

PCSO Bosco-Woods, who is also one of the school’s governors, is eager to see railings outside the school.

She said: “It would solve the problem finally and I definitely think it’s the way forward.

“We are also looking at holding a joint-operation between civil enforcement officers and ourselves to make sure the culprits are getting parking fine for their actions.”

The school is currently looking to set up a ‘Parent Teacher Association’ to create a direct link between the school and parents.

The aim is to make communication easier when issues similar to this one arise. If you are interested call the school on 01527 528523.

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