On behalf of the safety of our pupils, it’s time to make an appeal once again! Duddingston Road has become increasingly busy in the morning and afternoon: so much so that it has become almost too dangerous for our pupils to cross (whatever their age!) Friday seems to be one of the worst days and our office staff are having increasingly irate conversations with our new neighbours.
All too often we see cars over driveways or longs queues of traffic to let those coming from the other direction past. This is due to the amount of people parking across from the school to drop their children off, rather than parking a bit further away and walking. While I appreciate the mornings are cold and it can often be a rush to get to school on time, I have to be honest and admit the situation on the road has become a significant concern to myself and our Parent Council.
Our Parent Council have contacted our local councillors to discuss the situation and what possible steps could be taken to alleviate the issue, such as painting the zig zag lines, parking wardens enforcing . In the meantime, there are a few things that could be done to ensure the safety of our children is a top priority.
Our P6 Junior Road Safety Officers would like you to try:
Rather than parking on Duddingston Road park on a street further away and walk over (think of all those step counts!)
DO NOT PARK ACROSS THE SCHOOL GATES, NEIGHBOUR DRIVEWAYS OR THE ZIG-ZAG LINES
Be a courteous driver: let children cross, let drivers through, and don’t get cross behind the wheel (this often results in people revving their engines and speeding away well above the 20mph limit).
Please bear in mind that we do have children coming to school who are still very wary of busy places and people: keep the pathways clear, particularly around the entrance.
Support our WOW campaign – walk, scoot, cycle to school at least once a week
Some of this advice also applies to car users on other areas around the school, it is becoming increasingly dangerous with children having to step out between parked cars just to check if it is okay to cross!
I am conscious of the fact that this has been discussed many times, both but will not apologise for putting the safety of our pupils first. I am sure you will all feel the same and ask for your care and consideration if using the roads around our school.