School parking on police radar


A police campaign to improve road safety around schools has been welcomed by parents.

Sussex Police announced it was launching a The ‘Don’t Park Here’ campaign around schools, and it would be trialled in Eastbourne.

Police and the parking enforcement agency will visit schools in the town, talking to drivers about safer parking and issuing penalty tickets to drivers contravening road laws.

Police said problems often arise at school drop-off and pick-up times, with some parents ignoring zig-zags and double-yellow lines.

PC Ted Anderson, said, “Parking illegally or inconsiderately not only creates road safety issues, including danger to our children crossing roads, but also causes inconvenience to local residents and undermines the school’s efforts to be a good neighbour.”

Readers commented on the Gazette’s Facebook page, and many seemed pleased something was being done to combat the problem.

Ann Martin said, “About time something was done. ”

Others had suggestions for ways to improve the situation.

Rachel Small said, “How about the council sensibly review the roads that are viable options and transform them into designated drop-off points?”

Chris Cole said, “Safer for children if parents walked to school and would do no harm just like things used to be.”

Police have sent out 400 letters to pupils’ homes and more than 20 drivers have been spoken to concerning safer parking outside West Rise School.