In an effort to safeguard our pupils and your children, we have recently introducued parking restrictions opposite the bus bays outside school. The following extracts are from the Highway Code, where the rules of the Code may be used in evidence in any court proceedings under the Traffic Acts to establish liability.
You MUST NOT leave your vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road.
DO NOT stop or park:
near a school entrance
at or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank
opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
in front of an entrance to a property
on a bend
where you would obstruct cyclists
You should not park partially or wholly on the pavement, unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.
Our aim is to ensure the safety of all our pupils as they arrive and leave school and have no wish to see parents or carers prosecuted for dangerous parking. With this in mind please ensure that you park safely and legally while waiting to pickup your child.
Lancashire County Council has changed the way parking is enforced to make it more likely that drivers who park illegally will receive a penalty. Until now, parking enforcement officers have only been able to issue a penalty to a vehicle which is parked illegally once they have finished writing out the penalty. This meant that some people who chose to drive away while the penalty was in the process of being completed did not receive it because the penalty would be cancelled – however a penalty was still issued by post if the enforcement officer had finished writing it out.
A decision made recently by the county council's cabinet member for highways and transport, means that someone who drives off while receiving a penalty will still get their notice through the post, even if an enforcement officer has only started writing it out. Adopting this practice is intended to provide a stronger deterrent to drivers who park illegally with the expectation they will have time to move their vehicle and therefore avoid receiving a penalty if they see enforcement being carried out.
This change does not affect the way parking is enforced in any other way. For example Civil Enforcement Officers will continue to observe a vehicle parked on double yellow lines for five minutes before issuing a penalty, and will continue to issue a penalty instantly to a vehicle parked illegally where no waiting and no stopping is allowed – such as on yellow zig-zag lines outside schools.
Bus Service Updates
From time to time the bus service providers change the times of these services. We aim to keep you informed as soon as we have new information from the providers.
Details of a new circular service (6/6A) operated by Holmeswood Coaches, can be found here. Child weekly tickets can be purchased from the driver at a cost of £10.
For the lastest bus services to and from Parklands click here.
Details of the service from the Novotel on the A6 to Parklands (470) and ticket prices are available here.
Details of the service from Buckshaw Village to Parklands (804) and ticket prices are available here.
The map below shows the bus routes above in a map format, with the schools approximate catchment indicated in red.
It is well noted that the amount of traffic on the roads has increased dramatically over recent years. As a result, too many accidents involving children occur nationally on a daily basis. Moreover, accidents concerning children during their home to school journeys arise too frequently.
We would ask parents/carers to take notice of the ‘no parking’ areas around the school entrances/exits, including the bus bays and areas with yellow lines. We would also appreciate you promoting the essential use of marked crossings on the roads around school. This is essential in promoting the safety of all pupils and stakeholders.
As a school we want to encourage more pupils and staff to walk, cycle or use public transport for the journey to and from school. We would ask parents/ careers to ensure that their child always wears a cycle helmet when cycling to school for their own protection and health and safety. This will ensure that the school minimises its impact on the environment and encourage all pupils to consider healthier and more sustainable travel options.
To promote and maintain a school ethos that incorporates:
- Safer journeys to school.
- Walking to school as the preferred means of travel.
- Congestion free school environment.
- Provide secure parking for bicycles.
- To educate children and parents in road safety issues and make them aware of the dangers of road traffic around the school environment.
- To encourage a healthy attitude and walking culture amongst the school community that will lead to a healthier life style.
Parents are reminded that crossing the school field and climbing over the park fence is not a designated route either to or from school, neither is it safe. The school expects parents to ensure that their child takes a designated safe route to and from school.