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Barrowford pupils block road outside school

Photo: David Hurst 
Pupils at Barrowford Primary School block the road outside their school to protest against cars driving up the cul-de-sac

Photo: David Hurst Pupils at Barrowford Primary School block the road outside their school to protest against cars driving up the cul-de-sac

Parents and pupils from a Pendle primary school staged a four-day campaign in the run-up to the Easter holidays to protest against drivers causing a potential accident hazard

They were trying to get their message across to drivers using a street outside the school to drop off and collect children .

The protests saw children from Barrowford Primary School block the entrance to Rushton Street, where the village school is situated, at the junction with the main Gisburn Road through the village at the start and end of the school day.

They held up posters which they had designed themselves displaying messages asking drivers not to use the street in this way and to think of the children’s safety.

Their move follows an incident recently when a child narrowly avoided being injured by a car outside the school.

School spokesman Fiona Martin said the campaign appeared to have been successful.

She said: “It is only a minority of drivers who have been doing this.

“Rushton Street is a cul-de-sac with residents’ cars parked outside the houses across from the school.

“This means the drivers have to do a three-point turn in the street to turn round and because of the parked cars, they cannot complete the manoeuvre in one go and have to mount pavements.

“There are several cars all queueing up to do the same thing, and this puts children who are not fully aware of road safety at risk of being in an accident.

“All these drivers have legs and are capable of walking, and we are asking them to park away from the street and walk to and from the school with their children.”

She said that the protest campaign had received a lot of support during the week, with passing motorists on Gisburn Road tooting their horns as they drove past and 99% of parents also passing on messages.

“We are really happy with the way things have gone and hope that the message from the campaign has got across.

“It is only a few drivers who do this, but the safety of our children is very important to us and we do not want any of them to be in an accident,” she said.

The school is closed for the Easter holidays, but Fiona said that the campaign would be repeated during the first week of the summer term to reinforce the safety message.

 

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