Parents and carers are being encouraged to support a new safety initiative by following three rules when dropping and collecting their children at school times.
North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) announced the launch of the joint-funded scheme in Stanway on Tuesday (6th November), with the aim to encourage parents not to drop their children directly outside the school gates.
Teachers and pupils at Stanway Fiveways Primary School are reinforcing the yellow zigzag no parking zone outside the school, with highly visible roadside ‘3PR robot’ stands.
Staff and pupils are also handing out tokens to those children who walk past two target zones, allowing classes in school to work towards prizes for the most tokens collected.
Cllr. Robert Mitchell, Chairman of North Essex Parking Partnership, said: “We’re really excited to launch the first 3PR scheme in North Essex. Winstree Road, directly outside Stanway Fiveways Primary School, can easily become congested and dangerous. I’m pleased that the school has become the first in North Essex to introduce this scheme, which works by rewarding children for walking or cycling to school.
“Parking near some schools is often an issue and we’re always looking for ways to improve it and keep children safe. The 3PR scheme has been hugely successful in South Essex so we are confident it will motivate families in North Essex to be considerate during the morning drop off, making the roads and walking routes around schools much safer.”
3PR, which represents the three Parking Rules of Care, Consideration and Caution (originally created by the South Essex Parking Partnership), delivers a positive message about school parking and provides advice and guidance to children, parents and carers on safe and considerate parking practices.
Cllr. Paul Dundas (Con), Stanway Ward Councillor, said: “I’m delighted that, with funding from Essex County Council, Stanway Fiveways Primary has become one of the first schools in Essex to introduce the 3PR Scheme.
“I am under no illusion that this will solve all the problems residents and parents are experiencing in the Winstree Road area but is a positive first step towards encouraging more considerate parking and transport options. I look forward to the publication and implementation of the full Travel Plan currently being worked on.”
The initiative, costing £500 per school that takes part, is fully funded by North Essex Parking Partnership who received £50,000 in funding from Essex County Council for the scheme. Schools are not required to contribute financially towards the costs of the scheme.
Mrs Dawn Walton Steed, Deputy Headteacher at Stanway Fiveways Primary School, said the school was delighted to have launched the first 3PR project in North Essex. “The 3PR patrol are very excited about giving out the tokens and spreading the core messages of Care, Consideration and Caution when parking”, said Dawn.
“The pupils have taken part in an assembly to launch the project and information has been shared with parents and carers. We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have on the local area.”
Parents and carers are encouraged to avoid entering the designated area by car by parking a short distance away, remembering the three parking rules of care, consideration and caution, or by using the Park and Stride site at the nearby Co-Op Supermarket.
Park and Stride is where families who travel by car, park a short distance from the school at an agreed site, before walking to the school entrance. This relieves some of the motor traffic from directly outside the school, as well as allowing pupils to get some valuable exercise on their journeys.
Pupils who enter the zone by foot, cycle or scooter will be rewarded with a 3PR token for the class token box. Each month the class with the most tokens is awarded a cup and at the end of each school year, one class will become the 3PR Parking Champions.
The 3PR scheme is the first in a series of road traffic safety improvements for the area. An ‘area travel plan’ is being devised by Colchester Council to provide further improvements in the area, due in the coming months.
Primary schools that are interested in the scheme should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.