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PARKING ARRANGEMENTS 2016

Campus Safety

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK!

St Wilfrid’s and Road Safety - Helping all members of our school family stay safe.

 

PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING EXTRACT FROM ST WILFRID'S SCHOOL WEBSITE REGARDING PARKING ON-SITE NEXT TERM

 

 

St Wilfrid's PARKING PERMITS

St Wilfrid’s Primary School Parking Permits to Park on St Nicholas “Playground Car Park”

A big thank you to all parents /carers for their feedback in regards to parking permits. In an ideal world we would not want parents to pay for parking but unfortunately parking on the campus is not ideal. We have worked hard to find the best solution to a difficult situation.

Over the last two weeks we have canvassed parents and carers about parking permits. We had the following responses:

  • 63% of main school and 66% of preschool parents and carers (who responded) said YES; and were happy to pay.

  • 95% of these said they were happy to pay between 50p to £1.00 per day.

  • 37% of parents said NO. When asked the main responses for a No answers were that they used Night Owls, walked or only picked up a couple of times per week. Only 5 parents said no as a “matter of principle”.

 

As a result the Parking Permits Scheme will commence on Monday 4thJanuary 2016.  

Parents who prefer not to take part in the permit scheme will be required not to bring their cars onto campus and to find alternative parking off site. Please park with consideration to residents on Greenbank estate; and note parking on St Nicholas’s car park is not allowed.

Only disabled blue badge holders and St Wilfrid’s school taxis will be allowed to park at the front of school. Please note this will be monitored closely.

 

The form to apply for the permit can be found under the Parent / Form section of our school website. Please read the full terms and conditions for use of parking permits and pay in the usual way.

The cost for the parking permits for the period 4th January 2016 to 24th March 2016 (58days @ 50p per day) is £ 29.00. Please note there is only one charge per family for multi parking permits.

 

Pick Up Your Parking Permit

To make a smooth transition to parking permits, parents can park on St Nicholas School Playground Car Park during the week commencing 4th January 2016 without showing the parking permit.

Parking permits need to be picked up from the School Office between Monday 4th January to Friday 8th January 2016. After that date NO entry to the car park will be allowed without the parking permit.

 

 

ROAD SAFETY UPDATE 3rd December 2015

 

FANTASTIC NEWS

St Nicholas has agreed to let us start using their playground for carparking on our return after the Christmas holidays. We will have to pay for two carpark supervisors to be on duty 2.30pm to 3.30pm Monday to Friday. As a consequence we will, if the majority are all willing, introduce CAR PARKING PERMITS. Cost to be confirmed.

Please note if we do not have enough positive responses we will have to reluctantly turn down St Nicholas's offer as we will not be able to afford to pay for carpark staff out of the school budget.

Please will all cars (except disabled drivers) park off site until parking permits are introduced. NO car should be parking on any yellow lines at the front of school.

Please fill in the questionaire when you come to the parents evening and let us know if you would be willing to pay for a permit and if so how much?

STAFF PARKING

Unfortunatley due to a number of incidents with parents/carers cars in the staff car park, with immediate effect only staff and visitors displaying PARKING PERMITS will be allowed to park in the rear school car park. Only cars displaying blue disabled badges will be allowed to park in the disabled parking bays at the front of school.

Please note access to the staff car park will be restricted in the afternoon.

CAMPUS SAFETY

Please will all adults and children not walk on the car park at the rear of school or on the hatch area in front of school. Please keep to the paths.

ST NICHOLAS CAR PARK

Please will all parents and carers of pupils attending our school and preschool should NOT  park on St Nicholas car park. Thank You.

Meeting with CWAC Transportation Department

We are looking into a possible path across the campus field, subject to approval and that there are enough people who will be using it. Watch this space!

We have also been informed of the following works over February Half-term to the campus entrance.

  1. On the corner before the gates there is a plan to widen the footpath from corning to the gate

  2. Reinstate and raise the kerb around bend

  3. Resurface footpath on corner

  4. One bollard will be placed on this corner to stop vehicles mounting pavement

  5. Three bollards are also to be placed on corner by estate to stop vehicles mounting pavement

  6. CWAC are investigating regulations regarding placing zig-zags adjacent to campus entrance.

  7. It was agreed that a standing order variation could be 8.00am to 9.00am in the morning then in the evening 3.00pm to 4.00pm. CWAC would investigate this option.

  8. A discussion took place about the merits of barriers to separate pedestrians and traffic; as well as the benefits of traffic congestions creating safer roads as traffic moves slowly!

 

ROAD SAFETY UPDATE 23rd November 2015

Road Works

Greenbank Lane will become one way from the 2nd week in January 2016 while replacement mains are installed. Entry to campus will follow diversion down Marshall Lane after which you turn left into the campus. To exit campus you turn left up Greenbank lane and head straight up to the traffic lights.

We will keep you informed as more information comes in.

Parking on Greenbank Lane

We are very aware of the difficulties parents face when parking for school. However please remember we are part of a wider community and ask that you do not park on grass verges or block resident’s driveways.

Incidents Logged

I am keeping a log of incidents as we continue to work with CWAC on improving safety for those children and parents who walk or cycle to school. Please report any incidents including cars and buses mounting the kerb or near incidents to the school office or to my e-mail at susan.draffin@st-wilfrids.cheshire.sch.uk

 

 

Christmas Fair 

Come and visit the road safety stall at St Wilfrid's Christmas Fair.

Children- come and fill in a word searches, colour one of our road safety sheets or guess the teddies name. 

Parents -see the parents survey results, find out about the road works that are taking place on Greenbank Lane in the New Year, or just come for a chat to find out about the Community road safety meetings.

ROAD SAFETY UPDATE 6th November 2015

Invitation to all parents, staff and governors there is a Road Safety Meeting on Tuesday 10th November 2015 at 4pm.

We will be reviewing the parents survey and listening to any suggestions on how to improve cycle and walking routes to school.

We have invited the local residents representatives, local councillors, schools and colleges, police and representatives from Chester, and Cheshire West

All welcome to meeting.  

 

ROAD SAFETY UPDATE September 2015

Parents Survey

A big thank you to all parents and carers who filled in the Road Safety Parents Survey. Just to let you know the working party is pulling together an action plan to try to address your concerns. We are continuing to work with other outside parties and anticipate a meeting will take place in November with these groups. We will keep you updated.

You Said….

As a result of consultations with parents and key stakeholders on campus, these are the Road Safety group’s key objectives: 

  • Create a safe pedestrian route into school; with a safe drop off zone, fenced walkways and staffing to support children once dropped off.

  • Create safe cycle routes into school, avoiding the dangerous S bend.

  • Improve safety of pupils by making the S bend entrance vehicular access only.

  • Reduce the overall amount of traffic coming onto campus.

Create an access plan that works for the majority of pupils on campus, including the removal of locked gates at Stones Manor Lane entrance, and the reopening of the pathway over Hartford High School to link Stones Manor lane with Greenbank.

Barrier Update

Concern has been expressed by St Nicholas and the bus companies about the erection of the safety barrier outside the school gate. The discussion is continuing about the best way forward.

ROAD SAFETY UPDATE 4Th July 2015

The Road Safety Working Party

The Road Safety Working Party is engaged in raising awareness of safe walking and cycle routes to school with local schools, Greenbank Community Hub ,LCPO, Local Authority Councillors, MP, Road Safety Engineers, CWAC  and in fact anyone else who will listen and help us to achieve our aims. An invitation has been extended to these bodies to attend a meeting in school prior to the summer holidays to get a commitment to improve our safe routes to school.

St Wilfrid’s Parents Travel Survey.

A Parents Travel Survey has been sent out to all parents and carers on Friday 3rd July 2015. Please take the time to fill it in and send it back. It is your opportunity to have your say; let us know about your travel experiences and helps create a bigger picture of travel routes and issues parents and children face. The working party will analyse the survey. From the information we will have evidence to take to other bodies but just as importantly, it will help us to look at which safe routes to school we need to focus our attentions on. PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM AND RETURN IT ASAP.

Congratulations to all Year 4 pupils

Congratulations to all Year 4 pupils for successfully taking part in the Lets Walk training. The training aims are to support their understanding and gain skills in how to cross the road safely and to prepare them for high school. The children should focus on the four main areas of STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK. Although they have completed their training they should continue to receive adult guidance when crossing the road.

ROAD SAFETY UPDATE 11Th June 2015

Let’s Walk Year 4                                            

Just a reminder the practical sessions take place week commencing 15th and 22nd June. Please ensure you child has suitable footwear and outerwear for their road safety training.

Road Safety Working Party

Good News! We had our first Road Safety Meeting on June 4th. Our agreed focus is to make the roads around the campus safer for all; we want to create safe routes to walk and cycle to school.

The working party currently consists of Mrs Jo Warner, Mrs Caroline Constable, Mrs Sandra Higgins (from the PTFA) and Mrs M Jackson (parent of year 2 and year 5 pupils), and myself. We would still like to invite more parents to be involved, if you can help please come and join us.

At our first meeting, Mr Kelly (Head teacher at St Nicholas) joined us. He listened to our concerns and expressed what issues St Nicholas faced, in regards to road safety. The first meeting was very productive and we look forward to involving more parents, more schools and the local community.

STOP PRESS -Summer Fair

Members of the Road Safety Working Party will be by the PTFA stall. Come and say hello, tell us what you think and offer your support.

Police Community Support Officers

On Thursday 11th June I was joined at the end of the day outside the campus gates, by Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) Danny Blake and Ian Cosgrove.  We observed the traffic and pedestrians, and we discussed concerns about the buses mounting pavements, cars parking too close to the junction, as well as other road safety issues including the dangers our parents and children face when walking or cycling to school. They have promised to raise their profiles by trying to be in the area at the busy times. We agree the way to tackle road safety concerns is to work together; our PCSO will be monitoring and advising parents about safe parking around the school entrance area, and have offered to support the schools road safety working party.

ROAD SAFETY UPDATE 22nd May 2015

Walk To School Week

A BIG well done to the 79 children who walked to school on one or more days this week, and to the 30 children who walked every day; and do so every week. We have had a very positive response (despite the poor weather at the start of the week) and now look forward to encouraging more children to start walking to school either all the way, or part of the way every week. I’d also like to say thank you to Mrs Melia, Mrs Constable and Mrs Higgins who supported myself and our Year 6 Road Safety Officers (RSO) with registering the children and serving refreshments this week.

Key Stage 2 Assembly

Our RSO- Emily, Caitlin and Shannon also presented an informative Road Safety assembly to KS2 on Thursday with a strong message of STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK- well done girls. Please can we ask all parents / carers to reinforce this message when out walking with their children.

Park & Stride

Park and Stride is an idea to encourage more people to walk to and from school-see their website for further ideas.  We already have our own version as parents park by Greenbank Railway Station and stride into school with their children. If you know of any other good places to Park and Stride let me know and I’ll pass the details on via this Road Safety page.

Road Safety Working Party- Parents Wanted!

We know a lot of parents have strong feelings about Parking and Road Safety in the Greenbank/ School area. We are looking for people who can make a positive contribution in helping to find solutions to the problems. We have three PTFA members on the working party, but we want other parents/carers to join us. Help us do something that will make a big difference and remember actions speak louder than words! My contact details are at the bottom of the page.

URGENT REMINDER - Lets Walk Road Training Instuction Year 4

Please can all parents/carers of Year 4 pupils please return permission slips asap. We also need more parent volunteers to help support the children during their practical training. Please contact me on my school e-mail if you need further information or can offer your support.

ROAD SAFETY UPDATE 8th May 2015

Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May Walk to School Week

We would like to invite you to join us for St Wilfrid’s Walk to School Week. We want to encourage parents to park further away than they normally do, and to walk with their children to school. Research says the children benefit from the early morning exercise, the opportunity to chat and that when they arrive at school they settle down a lot more quickly to do their school work. Refreshments provided at the front of school for all those who walk to school during our walk to school week.

Parking on Greenbank Lane

We are very aware of the difficulties parents face when parking for school. However please remember we are part of a wider community and ask that you do not park on grass verges or block resident’s driveways.

Incidents Logged

I am keeping a log of incidents as we continue to work with CWAC on improving safety for those children and parents who walk or cycle to school. Please report any incidents including cars and buses mounting the kerb or near incidents to the school office or to my e-mail at susan.draffin@st-wilfrids.cheshire.sch.uk

Keeping Our Children Safe

On a number of occasions I have been out taking photographs and observing traffic and pedestrians on Greenbank lane and at the entrance to the Campus; gathering evidence to support our communication with CWAC. Some of what I have witnessed has been quite scary; including buses, cars and taxis mounting the pavements. But just as concerning are the children running ahead of parents; adults and children crossing roads without looking, and drivers using mobile phones. Children learn by example from adults, however children cannot judge the speed of vehicles, or how far away they are from them and they certainly cannot anticipate if a bus or car might come too close to them. The Hartford area has one of the highest densities of school traffic (stationary and moving), and pedestrians in Cheshire. Please teach, and show your children how to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK – it might save their life.

Help Needed To Set Up Working Party On Road Safety 

A number of parents have expressed an interest in forming a working partnership to try to tackle the problems of road & pedestrian safety within the campus area. If you want to make a difference and can help please contact me via e-mail or through the school office.

Many Thanks for Supporting St Wilfrid’s with Road Safety.

Mrs S Draffin.

My Contact Details. susan.draffin@st-wilfrids.cheshire.sch.uk