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MP takes to streets to tackle school parking issues

By Jessica Labhart | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

A Wolverhampton MP has gone out on patrol with school children in hope of deterring dangerous parking outside school during rush hour.

MP McFadden.

Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden joined forces with children from Hill Avenue Primary School to speak to parents and drivers about the age-old problem of parking outside schools.

The issue came under the spotlight last month as the Wolverhampton Council invited residents and schools to help come up with a solution.

In light of this, Pat McFadden MP is launching a new initiative aimed at reducing the dangers to children, parents and motorists outside schools that is caused by inappropriate parking.

The initiative is called ‘Safety Outside Schools (SOS)’. It sees school children take on the roles of junior road safety officers and focuses on parking and road safety among other issues and encourages schools to hold patrols to educate parents about inconsiderate parking.

Pat will be launching the campaign this Friday, November 10 with children at Hill Avenue Primary School.

Pat said: “One of the issues constituents contact me a lot about is parking outside schools.

"I know it can cause tension between residents and parents, and I'm really keen that children can get to and from school safely.

"I’m pleased to be launching the Safety Outside Schools (SOS) campaign with Hill Avenue Primary School in my constituency.

"I think it's a good initiative to make sure our children can get to and from school as safely as possible.”

Jodie Flavell, the school's PSHCE leader and pupil leadership team coordinator, said: "Our children are keen to help ensure the safety of our children and community, as well as educating all involved about the reasons why we should park carefully- especially around a school."

Jessica Labhart

By Jessica Labhart
@JLabhart_star

Reporter for the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton.

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