Rutland pupils design posters to encourage safer parking

Police and pupils encourage parents to park responsibly outside Langham Primary School. PC Laurie Appleton with junior road safety officers Oliver Appleton, Ellie Brentnall and James Cockerill, and Ian Fraser. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-08-06-15-aw002 EMN-150906-115738001
Police and pupils encourage parents to park responsibly outside Langham Primary School. PC Laurie Appleton with junior road safety officers Oliver Appleton, Ellie Brentnall and James Cockerill, and Ian Fraser. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-08-06-15-aw002 EMN-150906-115738001
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Primary school pupils in Rutland have come up with a poster to hand to parents to encourage them to park safely.

Police asked youngsters at every county school to come up with a design highlighting the dangers of bad parking outside schools in the morning and afternoons.

A poster encouraging parents to park safely around schools, designed by pupils from Langham Primary School for a Rutland police competition. EMN-150825-162852001

A poster encouraging parents to park safely around schools, designed by pupils from Langham Primary School for a Rutland police competition. EMN-150825-162852001

Plenty of pupils rose to the challenge and a total of 13 entries were submitted for judging. A panel including inspector Lou Cordiner, Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy (Con) and council highways network co-ordinator Gary Toogood considered the entries and eventually picked the poster from Langham Primary School as the winner.

Copies of the poster, designed collaboratively by class five, will now be distributed by police and pupils at all participating primary schools when the new term begins next week.

PC Laurie Appleton, who organised the competition, said: “I’m really happy with the entries. The schools seemed to respond well to it.

“They acknowledge that they have problems with parking and they want to help the local residents and educate the parents.”

Police worked with several schools earlier this year. They gave out signs encouraging people to park safely and worked with road safety officers from the schools.

The increase in patrols and work with schools came after a number of complaints from neighbouring residents about people parking dangerously and sometimes illegally.

PC Appleton added: “This is an initiative for the community as well as the schools.

“The fact that most children in Rutland submitted a design is great.”

The winning school was given a £100 prize, funded through the Safer Rutland Partnership in conjunction with the office of the Leicestershire and Rutland Police Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader.

PC Appleton thanked all those who entered the competition. He added: “Hopefully we can back that up with officers out with the pupils to issue the posters to the vehicles. If we can reduce the amount of poor parking and get the parents of the new reception pupils to take notice then hopefully this will be a long-term project.”