Fears that it’s only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured outside a Dundee primary school have forced the city council to take action.
Members of the Dundee School Parking and Pupil Safety Working Group visited Downfield Primary to look at travel issues on the surrounding roads and pavements.
The visit was arranged amid parents’ concerns that “irresponsible and selfish” parking could cause an accident involving a child.
John Anderson-McGuiness, chairman of the school’s parent council, said the issue had been on the group’s agenda for some time.
He added: “There have been fears that poor parking could lead to a child getting hurt and we welcome the fact that the working group has visited the school to see the problems. Hopefully, it will have a solution.”
Councillor Kevin Keenan said that many of his constituents had spoken to him about the issue.
He added: “ I have seen this for myself. There are genuine fears that selfish and irresponsible parking around the school could result in an accident involving a child who could be seriously hurt.”
A spokesman for Dundee City Council said that representatives joined others from Tayside Contracts and Police Scotland to visit the school to see the problems for themselves.
Executive director of children and families Paul Clancy explained: “This group’s remit is to ensure safety of our pupils is to the fore when it comes to traffic arrangements outside our schools.
“We have a strong partnership which looks at these issues and actually takes the time to go and witness the situation at our schools.
“It is also good to see that most families respect the safety precautions outside schools and that children arrive by walking, cycling or on scooters.”
Tayside Contracts’ managing director Iain Waddell said: “During the site visit, representatives of Tayside Contracts took the opportunity to discuss with parents their choice of drop-off point which in some cases was compromising the safe operation of the school crossing point.
“The safety of our young people going to and from school is paramount.
“It’s vital that parents and carers consider options available to them which would reduce congestion at the school gate, such as using ‘park and stride.’ ”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police Scotland will continue to work with our partners to ensure the safety of pupils and their families.”