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EYE-CATCHING: Child models aim to ease parking woes

EYE-CATCHING: Child models aim to ease parking woes

William Cassidi C of E School in Stillington has started to place signs outside the school to stop cars parking illegally, Image: LDRS

An eye-catching solution is helping to stop rush hour drivers clogging up streets near two Teesside schools.

Problems with parked cars clogging routes at drop off and pick-up times are common on Teesside.

Now one school is placing cutouts of children near the highway to remind drivers of the risks they’re posing.

Stillington and Whitton Parish Council agreed to spend £635 on the humanoid bollards to stop dangerous parking outside William Cassidi Primary School.

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Pictured are Year 5 pupils Ethan and Sylvie, both aged 9, with the new signs, Image: LDRS

The corner on Morrison Street, in Stillington, has been a long-standing concern due to drivers parking up on the severe bend.

But headteacher Julie Cornelius believed the models had been effective so far in reducing problems.

She added: “The numbers near school are reducing to just a few by the bend towards Whitton.

“They are mainly parked on the verge so are less of a danger.”

Water weighs the signs down to prevent the autumn weather knocking them over.

Parish chairman Cllr David Simpson said the bend and junction was a “known hazard” and hoped the figures would be the first step towards a permanent solution.

He added: “They do seem to be having quite a good effect.

“It’s not 100% as you’re always going to have some people who don’t listen but overall it’s had a very positive effect – with fewer people stacked up along that dangerous bend.”

Stockton Council reviews have desperately tried to find ways of easing school run problems in the past.

Drive-through schools, extra patrols and pedestrianisation have been touted as possible solutions in past meetings.

Whitehouse Primary School, in Elm Tree, has been the subject of efforts to improve parking woes at the council since 2015.

A meeting in 2019 heard how staff had been subjected to verbal abuse when they challenged drivers for flouting the rules.

Since then, its leaders have signed up parents to a parking pledge and the school has also bought a raft of similar signs for its surrounding streets.

A new 20mph speed limit has also been introduced along Barlborough Avenue.


Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter

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