Need for school safety zones defended after criticism of Messingham scheme
SCHOOLS have defended the need for safety zones across North Lincolnshire after parents in Messingham criticised plans for a new scheme.
Parents are arguing against possible parking restrictions being introduced at Messingham Primary School on Briggate Drive for a new safety zone.
Those who have spoken to the Telegraph say the restrictions would create serious inconveniences – with one labelling the idea a "nightmare".
But other schools where such schemes are in place insist they improve safety for children.
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Westcliffe Primary School, on Dryden Road, Scunthorpe, has had a safety zone for a number of years, with a 20mph advisory limit and zig-zags on the road to prevent parking.
Jim Murphy, deputy head teacher, said: "I can understand the frustration felt by parents, because sometimes they will have no choice but to drive their children into school. On balance, though, it is better to have a school safety zone. It would only take one accident to change everyone's mind and it is hard not to support the idea."
Holme Valley Primary School, on Timberland, Bottesford, had a 20mph limit and zig-zag lines introduced around five years ago.
Head teacher Judith Moorhouse said: "For us the school safety zone has been excellent, and crossing the road has become so much safer for children. We also introduced a school crossing patrol, which is one of the main differences."
Yet parents in Messingham are concerned.
Linda Jarman, from Yaddlethorpe, has to drive her child to the school after having a hip replacement.
She said: "I have had one hip done already, and am currently waiting for the other one.
"I have to park up and wait because I cannot walk to the school, and you can't chance your kids walking anywhere these days.
"Where else would we park?"
Rebecca Bevan, from Messingham, has a child at the school. She said: "I try to walk when I can but on days when it rains I take the car because I have a one-year-old child as well. I appreciate it is better to walk, but it is not feasible when the weather is terrible.
"I think restrictions to parking would cause problems and make things more difficult."
Louise Wales, from Ashby, drives her child to the school each day.
She said: "I think it would become a nightmare dropping kids off with these restrictions."
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman said: "The initial consultation was successful, as we received a number of responses. We have considered the responses and letters are being sent out this week to parents and residents advising them on the next steps in the process."
Messingham Primary School did not wish to comment.
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