West Sussex County Council and NSL Services are funding a project to increase awareness of safe parking around schools. The roads around schools are dangerous places especially in the mornings and afternoons when the volume of vehicles increases. The over-riding priority is the safety of children both being driven and on foot.
Adur and Worthing Councils and NSL Services are continually requested for increases in patrols around pick-up and drop-off times. The police, parents, residents and school administrators all make these requests.
West Sussex County Council and NSL Services are funding a project to increase awareness of safe parking around schools, working alongside the Safer Routes to School team and Sussex Police. Whilst no penalties will be issued, a CCTV car will be brought to five pilot schools across Adur and Worthing. The school children will be able to see the car, try on yellow hi-visibility jackets and listen to the dangers of motorists parking in contravention outside their school.
A representative from NSL Services stated: “We are really pleased to be able to increase awareness of the importance of safe parking around schools, and in helping to educate both children and their parents. School projects in particular really drive home the importance of parking management when it comes to safety.”
The CCTV car will then be sat outside the schools for the motorists to see, and leaflets will be given out to those still parking in contravention – trying to raise awareness of the dangers caused to the children.
Parking services manager, Mandy Ainsworth, said:”If our educational project makes just some parents think twice about parking on school keep clear markings or causing obstructions then it will be a success.”
In addition to this, children can enter a competition to win a bike to the value of £200 (purchased upon knowing the age and gender of the winner, along with bicycle helmet, lights and lock, and free first service), a family theatre ticket, plus swimming vouchers for the new Splashpoint pool.
Adur and Worthing councils, and NSL Services will also hold awareness events at the following locations and on the following dates for any member of the public to see the NSL CCTV car, discuss how it may help raise awareness and join in the competition. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.
- Saturday 4 May – 10am to 4pm – Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Worthing
- Saturday 11 May – 10am to 4pm – South Street, Worthing
- Saturday 18 May – 10am to 4pm – South Street, Worthing
Sussex Police will attend the 4th May event with their own CCTV car and bike marking equipment. All are welcome to come and chat and be part of this project to raise awareness of safer parking outside schools.