Noisy protest to highlight road safety at school

Lindhead School pupils and staff protest about vehicles parking dangerously near the school . Picture Richard Ponter 122423
Lindhead School pupils and staff protest about vehicles parking dangerously near the school . Picture Richard Ponter 122423

There was a noisy protest outside Lindhead School to highlight concerns over pupil safety when nearby roads are congested with parked cars.

Pupils organised a no parking day and encouraged parents to use the nearby car park at Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall – rather than parking right outside the school.

They waved a range of handmade banners and loudly chanted slogans such as “keep us safe” and “don’t park here”.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse, one of the school governors, said that the response had been good with hardly any cars parked near the school on the day of action.

“Hopefully it will get the message across with the children involved. We just want to show the car users how convenient it is to use the car park” he said.

He added that they also wanted to use more car sharing to further ease congestion.

Head teacher Jill Tiffany said there had been lots of issues with congestion – including a few near misses where children had narrowly avoided being hit by passing cars.

She added: “We felt that we needed to do more about it.This has been child-driven – I heard children coming out of school nagging the parents.”

Organisers are hoping that single yellow lines, with parking restrictions between 8am and 10am as well as 2pm and 4pm, can be introduced and that the nearby car park will be used more.