PUPILS as young as six are leading the way in improving road safety outside their school gates.
Eight mini road safety officers (MRSOs) from year two, at Field End Infant School, are tackling a dangerous parking problem outside their school and have plenty of ideas on how to improve the situation.
Praveen Shankar, William Gossedge, Alfie Stirling, Ratnavi Lambotharan, Tharani Vimalan, Vishodhan Kathirkamamathan, Himmart Jhita and Joely Monks, all aged six and seven, have been recruited as MRSOs for the school, in Field End Road, Eastcote.
It is claimed that some parents are ignoring double yellow lines and dropping their children directly outside the gates where parents and children walk, creating blind spots for other drivers along the busy section of Field End Road.
Teachers have been trying to stop parents parking dangerously for a number of months, to no avail, and say some have been verbally abusive.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” nursery teacher Amy Lavender said. “We want to make sure the problem is stopped before anything serious happens.”
The MRSOs, the first in the borough, have now written a letter to be sent to parents who park outside the school gates, and will be designing road safety posters during their Easter school holiday.
Head teacher Dorothy Chappell said: “In every newsletter we remind parents not to stop outside, but it seems to have got worse recently. Our catchment area is under a mile, so we want everyone to try to walk to school.”
A number of parents have also taken up the cause and started a petition calling on Hillingdon Council to get something done, before the school is expanded and more students are taken on in September. It gathered 150 signatures in one morning last week.
Mrs Lavender, the school’s community liasion manager, hopes something can change.
She said: “We have great support from the council helping us to get signs in place and painting new lines on the road, which will mean that anyone stopping outside the gate will automatically be given a ticket.”