On the day that schools reopen after the festive break, Coulsdon Town’s Conservative Councillors have launched a campaign to encourage parents and carers to redouble efforts to take care when driving and parking near local schools.
Cllrs Mario Creatura, Ian Parker and Luke Shortland will be delivering posters to properties surrounding schools in Coulsdon Town ward over the coming weeks to raise awareness of the importance of safe driving and parking especially when children are in the vicinity.
Properties near to the following schools will receive a poster to display in their windows, reminding any nearby drivers to pay particular attention when driving and parking in the vicinity:
- Chipstead Valley Primary School
- St Aidan's Catholic Primary School
- Smitham Primary School
- Woodcote Primary
- Woodcote High School
The posters forms part of a three-pronged approach to improve driver care outside Coulsdon schools:
- Continue working with police and traffic enforcement to carry out randomised checks to deter poor behaviour
- Engaging with the schools to continue practical support and encourage parents to take greater care
- Encourage Croydon Council and Surrey County Council to investigate any appropriate traffic calming measures
Cllr Mario Creatura said:
Parents, schools and local residents have contacted us in recent weeks to express their concern about poor driving outside Coulsdon schools.
We have personally witnessed instances of road rage, dangerous parking and reckless speeding during pick up and drop off time. No matter the circumstances, it is completely unacceptable - particularly when there are children in the vicinity.
Cllr Ian Parker said:
Our community needs to do something about careless driving. Local police and Council parking enforcement are aware and they will be making random checks outside local schools to formally deter poor behaviour.
Cllr Luke Shortland said:
This is not just a job for the authorities – to crack this all of us in the Coulsdon community need to show that there are no excuses for careless behaviour. That’s why we are encouraging local people to display these posters, to show that Coulsdon will not tolerate poor driving.
To download the poster to put in your own window, or to share online, please click the link below.
For more information, contact Cllr Mario Creatura: Mario.Creatura@CroydonConservatives.com