Darwen pupils draw battle lines over illegal parking

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CHILDREN have taken a stand against dangerous and illegal parking outside their school gates.

Concerned pupils entered a competition to design a road safety banner to be displayed outside every school in Darwen.

The winner came from Cameron Holt, 11, of Belthorn Primary School, and delivers the slogan ‘Parking on lines gives you fines’.

The competition was organised by the Neighbourhood Policing Team working with Twin Valley Homes, Darwen Neighbourhood boards and Lloyds Trust as part of a wider crackdown on illegal parking outside schools.

PCSO Leigh-anne McCool said: “Parking on zigzags is dangerous and the competition was intended to remind motorists that they should not only be responsible in the way they park, but they should be especially vigilant when children are around.”

Former Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati, who played Sinita Alahan, presented a bike to Cameron as his prize when she opened the Discover Darwen event in the town centre yesterday.

The bicycle prize was donated by Ewood Cycles, and the runners-up received free passes to the artificial skating rink.

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12:53pm Fri 20 Feb 09

jcb says...

It'll take more than a poster to stop these stupid ignorant lazy parents from dropping their little chavs off right outside the school gates rather than parking further away and WALKING.
It'll take more than a poster to stop these stupid ignorant lazy parents from dropping their little chavs off right outside the school gates rather than parking further away and WALKING. jcb

1:35pm Fri 20 Feb 09

porterman says...

You should see the lazy gits who park at st peters school Darwen they just park where they like without thinking about the kids crossing the road many a time the cars have reversed round the corner witout looking and reversed into children crossing behind the cars because there's nowhere else to cross.
You should see the lazy gits who park at st peters school Darwen they just park where they like without thinking about the kids crossing the road many a time the cars have reversed round the corner witout looking and reversed into children crossing behind the cars because there's nowhere else to cross. porterman

3:43pm Fri 20 Feb 09

Blondie says...

Sadly some parents think they own the road and consideration for others doesn't come into the equation.
This is a problem throughout the borough and it's not just the chavs but all mummies and daddies who choose to ignore the rules of the road and who should lead by example.


Sadly some parents think they own the road and consideration for others doesn't come into the equation. This is a problem throughout the borough and it's not just the chavs but all mummies and daddies who choose to ignore the rules of the road and who should lead by example. Blondie

8:08pm Fri 20 Feb 09

Marky mark says...

I drop my child off(we walk) every morning and we have take work our way around the obsticle of vehicles that are parked sometimes all 4 wheels on public footpaths these people flout the law because they are aloud to. The council need to wake up because there is money to be made here, a fixed penalty to anyone parked illegally, no warning just issue the ticket, hard line this may seem but this blatant ignorence, only then may see these people change their attitude and maybe some will even try and walk after all its not difficult is it!
I drop my child off(we walk) every morning and we have take work our way around the obsticle of vehicles that are parked sometimes all 4 wheels on public footpaths these people flout the law because they are aloud to. The council need to wake up because there is money to be made here, a fixed penalty to anyone parked illegally, no warning just issue the ticket, hard line this may seem but this blatant ignorence, only then may see these people change their attitude and maybe some will even try and walk after all its not difficult is it! Marky mark

12:38pm Mon 23 Feb 09

Proud Darrener says...

My daughter is just four months old, and already I'm nervous about her starting school, mostly because of all the cars that are parked outside the school, Lower Darwen CP being a prime example. The traffic is hectic, and you always get some stressed out parent collecting their kids and speeding away all because of the traffic, it really is just a matter of time before some innocent child gets mowed down by these inconsiderate buffoons.

Why not make an absolute no parking zone around the proximity of the school? safe for everyone then (of course with the exception of those which are disabled)
My daughter is just four months old, and already I'm nervous about her starting school, mostly because of all the cars that are parked outside the school, Lower Darwen CP being a prime example. The traffic is hectic, and you always get some stressed out parent collecting their kids and speeding away all because of the traffic, it really is just a matter of time before some innocent child gets mowed down by these inconsiderate buffoons. Why not make an absolute no parking zone around the proximity of the school? safe for everyone then (of course with the exception of those which are disabled) Proud Darrener
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