Drivers urged to ‘Park Smart’ outside schools

Cllr Ron McKail, PC Steve Middleton, Aberdeenshire Council Strategy Development Officers Joanna Stewart and Sally Davis with Kellands School pupils
Cllr Ron McKail, PC Steve Middleton, Aberdeenshire Council Strategy Development Officers Joanna Stewart and Sally Davis with Kellands School pupils

Two local campaigns have been launched in a bid to generate awareness of sensible parking during the school run.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Transportation Team is launching Park Smart whilst the Garioch and North Marr Community Safety Group is starting a similar initiative.

Both campaigns will see colourful banners being displayed outside schools where there are parking problems.

The year-long Park Smart campaign, will provide schools with resources and information, classroom lesson plans as well as homework with the intention of creating long-term behavioural change.

Inverurie’s Kellands Primary School has agreed to trial these materials but the campaign could be introduced to other schools in the future.

Head teacher Graeme Mollison said: “We know that some pupils need to be driven to school, and that most drivers behave responsibly. But the actions of a few are putting pupils, parents and staff at risk.

“Park Smart and the North Garioch and Marr Community Safety Group’s campaigns will help pupils and people bringing them to school understand why it is important to park responsibly, every day.

“It’s part of a range of work that the school is leading on to reduce congestion and road safety problems, and we’re pleased to have recently been awarded Cycle Friendly School status by Cycling Scotland.

“I encourage all members of the school community to question whether they need to drive on a regular basis, and if they do to always park or wait in locations that don’t endanger other people.”

Cllr Ron McKail, chair of the community safety group, said: “The safety of pupils is of paramount importance. It is pleasing to see the Garioch and North Marr Community Safety Group and council officers working together to raise awareness of this important issue.

“Taking a few moments to think about parking sensibly can make such a difference. Parents may also want to think about parking further away from the school so they can walk together with their child.

“A bit of fresh air can help stimulate them before they begin lessons, helping them to perform well in the classroom.”