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Posting a message on safer parking

PCSO Paul Moorhead and School Travel Plan Advisor Tracy Aitken with the Mayor, Cllr Nic Best, and the winning entries.

PCSO Paul Moorhead and School Travel Plan Advisor Tracy Aitken with the Mayor, Cllr Nic Best, and the winning entries.

Pupils have been taking matters into their own hands to tackle parking problems around their schools.

Youngsters from schools across Morpeth have put pen to paper to come up with eye-catching safe-parking posters.

The initiative was backed by officers from the Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team, who joined forces with Northumberland County Council to launch a poster competition.

The idea was to create designs that not only promoted safer parking, but also encouraged sustainable travel.

Participating schools could submit up to five entries and a winning design from each was chosen.

The victorious designers each received a shopping voucher and they will see their posters displayed on litter bins near their schools.

Morpeth Mayor Nic Best presented the prizes in a ceremony at the Town Hall.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Moorhead said: “This was an exciting opportunity for children in Morpeth to be involved in helping to change the behaviour of road users around their local school.

“The entries were all of an excellent standard and the judging was a difficult process.

“The winning posters were chosen as they raised the most awareness of the road-safety issues.”

Northumberland County Council School Travel Plan Advisor Tracy Aitken was also impressed.

She said: “This was a great way to get the kids involved with a worthwhile project.

“The safety messages behind the initiative are really important and we will continue to work together with the schools and local community to promote road safety.”

Various initiatives have been tried at schools in a bid to reduce traffic congestion and road-safety concerns around their gates.

There have been welly walks to school, walking buses and awareness campaigns, including putting up banners and sending out letters to parents.

 

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