Safety concerns over congestion around Kendall School in Colchester at the start and end of the school day has resulted in a safer parking initiative.
A permit is being issued to parents to allow them to park in the nearby car park in Port Lane.
To encourage the pupil’s participation, a competition was launched by the School Council to design the permit. The winning entry, by Conrad Clare, Year 6, will ensure that any parent parking in the Port Lane car park will not receive a fine during the allotted times.
Colchester Borough Council, who owns the Pay & Display car park, hopes the new scheme, initiated by Clare French, the Headteacher at Kendall School, will encourage parents to park responsibly.
Clare said: “The permits are free to all of our parents who drive their children to school. There is now no excuse for parking on the double yellow lines and putting our children’s lives at risk.”
Cllr Mike Lilley, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities and Licensing, said: “I’m extremely pleased that we’ve been able to work with the school to encourage a safer parking initiative that puts the pupil’s safety first. It’s vital that, as a Council, we respond to concerns around safety issues and work with our community to encourage appropriate behavioural changes, to ensure the health and safety of our residents.”