Working together on a campaign to ease parking next to schools are headteachers from Uckfield Community Technology College and Manor Primary School, Hugh Hennebry and Margaret Coleman, Laura Ceylan, deputy at Manor Twiglets and Paul Sparks, chairman of the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents' Association.

Walk and talk idea could ease ‘illegal’ parking near schools

Schools and a residents’ association are joining forces in a bid to improve road safety and tackle ‘inconsiderate and illegal parking’ on Manor Park Estate, Uckfield.

Parents and carers are being asked to park their cars well away from school and walk with their children for the last five or ten minutes.

A press release from the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association says: “The aim is to improve road safety and tackle inconsiderate and illegal parking.”

The idea comes from the residents’ association which is working with Manor Primary Shool, Manor Twiglets and Uckfield Community Technology College.

Support

Association chairman, Paul Sparks, said he was confident parents and carers would understand and support what they were working to achieve”.

He said: “The situation in Downsview Crescent and the adjoining roads has become a real nightmare. Cars are regularly parked on the grass verges turning them into muddy ruts, there is also parking on the pavement, right on the road junctions, across white lines and even on the yellow zigzag lines.

“All this makes it difficult to cross the road safely and obstructs the pavement for pedestrians, parents with buggies and mobility scooter users.

“We know that a number of parents already walk their children to school and we hope to persuade more to follow their good example by parking well away from Downsview Crescent, or better still leaving their car at home altogether!

Exercise

“Walking for five or ten minutes is good exercise, good for the environment, good for the community and best of all provides time for a relaxed chat at the beginning and end of the school day.

“Most people understand that there’s a good reason to do the right thing and nobody wants to be the cause of a serious accident with a child.”

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