Drivers urged to park safely outside school gates

Community warden Ian Kennedy, councillor Anne Allan who is a member of the Buchan Community Safety Group, with staff and pupils from around Peterhead
Community warden Ian Kennedy, councillor Anne Allan who is a member of the Buchan Community Safety Group, with staff and pupils from around Peterhead

The Buchan Community Safety Group and community wardens are working with local schools in a bid to prevent drivers parking dangerously outside school gates.

They are taking action as more parents choose to park illegally on double yellow and zig-zag lines, and fear it will lead to children getting hurt.

Community warden, Ian Kennedy, said: “This started with the banner at Central School, we took it to the Buchan Community Safety Group who took it on and sponsored it.

“We then contacted the schools and they were delighted to get involved.

“There are 13 schools both in Peterhead and across Buchan taking part, and the posters will be up from Tuesday, November 11.

“Our message is that if you are near a school, drive safely and park responsibly.

“The campaign has the backing of Peterhead police because they are aware that this is a problem.”

Teachers at Buchanhaven School have noticed that there have been a few wing mirror bumps and close calls, but luckily there hasn’t been an accident involving children.

Councillor Anne Allan, who is a member of the Buchan Community Safety Group, said: “Information leaflets will be available from school gates, the Safety Group’s stall at the next Muckle Market and the community wardens can hand them out.”

Ian added: “If anyone sees motorists parking irresponsibly, please call Police Scotland on 101.”