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Upton Westlea Primary School launches ‘Parent Parking Charter’

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Upton Westlea Primary School in Chester has been working alongside Cheshire West and Chester Council on a ‘Parent Parking Charter’ to resolve parking issues outside the school gates.

Under the new charter, parents, drivers and school visitors make a pledge to reduce congestion outside the school whilst raising awareness of parking safely on surrounding local roads.

The charter is written by children and school staff, with assistance from council’s road safety and locality officers.

By working in partnership with parents and the local community it also challenges the methods people use to travel to school with the hope of stopping the problems caused by inappropriate and dangerous parking.

CWAC cabinet member for environment, Cllr Karen Shore said: “This important initiative aims to end what can be the nightmare of difficult parking conditions at peak times of the school day. 

“Irresponsible drivers frequently park on the yellow zig-zag lines, on pavements and on double yellow lines outside schools, which makes it very difficult for children who are crossing the road to get to their school.

Upton Westlea Primary School headteacher, Kath Carruthers added: “We very much welcome the introduction of a parking charter at our school and we hope to see a safer environment outside the school gates for our children and neighbours, which in turn will benefit all members of our community.”

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