CHILDREN addressed the big issue of parents parking inconsiderately outside houses near their school.
Pupils at Lindley Junior School and Lindley Church of England Infant School organised an event to help residents enraged by parents blocking their driveways as they drop their children off.
Pupils surveyed the volume of traffic, produced pie-charts and wrote letters about the problem to give to their parents.
The traffic-calming event, attended by local people, staff, pupils, a school road safety group and police, was a big success according to infant school head teacher Sue Drake.
She said: “For quite a while some people living near the school have had issues with people parking outside their homes and blocking them in, making it difficult for them to get to work.
“There have been problems with inconsiderate parking on George Street and East Street, which is adjacent to the school.
“We have also been concerned about safety because some parents are dropping their children off at the zebra crossing, which can be really quite dangerous for the children.”
The busy stretch of the village has long been a headache for locals.
Concerned parents blocked the road outside the schools in 2007 to protest about dangerous driving by other mums and dads along the narrow road.
Sue said: “It’s been a problem for some time, as it is with traffic around many schools.
“The area around the school is particularly busy about 20 minutes before the start of school and just before it finishes.”
The event, held before the start of the school day, involved PCSO Andy Baker talking to the children and parents about road safety.
Some children also took a survey of the traffic to report back their findings to fellow pupils and their parents.
Sue said: “The event was mainly to show residents our support and ask drivers to be a bit more considerate.
“These people are only a very small minority and a lot of parents walk their children to school.
“We just want to encourage everyone else to park as far away from the schools as they possibly can and let them know that there are other places to park.
“Hopefully the children learned a lot from the day and they will be able to convey these important messages back to their fellow pupils and families.”