Local business, Callaghans Estate Agents, have sponsored the campaign with owner Sean Callaghan saying, “it is really important to listen to the children’s concerns, illegal parking is an issue around the school area and we’re very happy to be involved with this initiative.”
The pupils, aged between 7 and 11 years old, each designed a poster depicting the problem with illegal parking outside their school between morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. The Staff were so impressed by the pupil’s work that they agreed to work with them to develop a road safety campaign.
Associate Headteacher, Vanessa McManus said, “We’re incredibly proud of all of our pupils, they have shown real determination in developing this campaign. The drop-off points are a continuing problem and we hope this will signal a new appreciation for pupil safety.”
Now part of the Young Gatley Village Partnership, the children meet up on designated mornings to patrol the streets in the area. David Bailey, Chairman of Gatley Village Partnerships (GVP) said, "I am delighted to see the Young Village Partnership engaged in positive community action, and trust that the older generation will take note of the message that the Young VP group are sending out."
The plucky group of youngsters have already had some success with road safety, after meeting with Councillor Iain Roberts to discuss a dangerous junction near the School; he has since put forward a proposal to have yellow safety signs installed. Mr Roberts, said, “ the children have put a lot of effort into this campaign, we’re delighted there is community support through Callaghans, local Police and GVP. As always I will continue to work with the Gatley Primary on these issues.”