Published On: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014 on 1:50 pm

11-year-old campaigns against irresponsible parkers outside school

Isabelle Suddick All Saints C Of E Primary School

A Bradford pupil has taken a stand against parents parking irresponsibly around her school and putting children’s lives at risk.

Isabelle Suddick, from All Saints C of E Primary School, felt so “upset” about the attitude of parents parking up on the pavement and on double yellow lines along the one way street on Little Horton Green she wrote to the Bradford Council Road Safety Team.

She was also concerned that parents blocking the road could obstruct fire engines from getting through to an emergency.

The Year 6 pupil said: “It’s really busy round school in the morning. It’s dangerous for the children. The drivers should be more responsible and careful. If they don’t, in the long run somebody could get hurt.

“The fire engine needs to be able to get through if there’s an emergency. The cars should move out of the way but they seem not to. The cars park on both sides and on yellow lines.”

Headteacher, John Davie, said the school has over 600 pupils, which is split over two sites on either side of the road.

He said: “I’m really impressed with the initiative that Isabelle has taken and it has completely come from her.

“This is the third school in West Yorkshire I have worked at and every single school has exactly the same issue and it’s just about parents having that little bit of thought, considering how they park and get to school.”

Bradford Council Road Safety Assistant, Janet Firth, said: “I think Isabelle’s letter is brilliant. The initiative that she has used is brilliant and it’s reinforcing the sort of thing that we are telling parents and children every day.

“We give out School Gate Parking leaflets and we can give people information but it’s down to adults – it’s parental responsibility.”

Anyone found to be obstructing a road with their vehicle can be fined £30 and if a vehicle is left in a dangerous position, the driver can receive a £100 fine and three penalty points.

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