PRIMARY school children are taking a stand... against their own parents.
The youngsters, from Meadow and Woodlands Primary Schools in Great Sutton, decided to try to stop their mums and dads from parking poorly near to the schools.
In a joint initiative being run by Cheshire police, Vauxhall Motors and the schools, pupils designed posters to stop people parking outside their schools at the start and end of the day.
These posters were then displayed on fencing to discourage people to park their cars in the area.
Meadow and Woodlands have both had problems with cars being parked outside on the zigzags and double yellow lines which are there to improve the safety of the children when crossing the road.
The number of cars ignoring these markings attracted the attention of PC Matt Hull and PCSO Claire Whomes who decided to enlist the children’s help to take action.
PC Hull said: “Claire and I have spent many a morning and afternoon outside the schools trying to stop people ignoring the parking restrictions.
“We have, in turn, issued a substantial number of fines and advisory notices to drivers. Unfortunately, people still aren’t listening to us, so we decided to organise a competition to see if people would listen to the kids instead.”
In order to get the scheme off the ground, PC Hull and PCSO Whomes approached Vauxhall to ask for help with funding and then spoke to the schools about the idea which was a hit with the pupils and teachers.
Two winning posters from each school were picked by the bobbies at Ellesmere Port Neighbourhood Policing Unit and, thanks to the sponsorship from Vauxhall, have been turned into giant, eight-foot-long banners to put outside the schools.
The banners designed by Megan Davis, seven, and Alice Wardle, 10, from Meadow and Freya Bebb, nine, and Zoe Walker, 10, of Woodlands are now on display outside the school enforcing the message Stop Silly Parking.