Swindon AdvertiserBid to stop parking at school after 3-year-old hit by car (From Swindon Advertiser)

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Bid to stop parking at school after 3-year-old hit by car

Swindon Advertiser: Cars parked outside Haydon Wick Primary School Cars parked outside Haydon Wick Primary School

CONCERNED parents are set to make a stand against dangerous parking after a three-year-old boy was hit by a car.

Luckily the boy was uninjured in the accident last Thursday morning, but parents are worried that next time someone could be killed.

On Friday, a group of parents will be picketing outside Haydon Wick Primary School in protest at the number of parents who drive their children to school and then park illegally outside its entrances.

Working with the school, the group aims to get parents to stop driving to school and start walking in the new year.

A police spokesman said: “We got called by the ambulance service at 8.37am on Thursday, December 13.

“A three-year-old boy was involved in an accident with a red Seat car.

“The boy was not injured and the car was not damaged “The police are taking no further action.”

A petition has also been started to get the council to take action, particularly as the school, which is also the site of the Barn Owl Pre-School, is in the stage two selection group for a School Safety Zone.

Parents said that parking was an issue at most schools but they do worry for the safety of their children.

Gayle Fry, of Upper Stratton, said: ”The problem is you do get it at every school.

“The thing is if you take action against it, it is just going to be moved on to other streets.”

Elliot Male, of Abbey Meads, said: “I feel not for us but more for the residents – it must annoy them.

“When I’m working and my wife has to come down and she has both children, I do worry.

“It doesn’t take much for children to see something across the road and to run out.”

Coun David Renard, (Con, Haydon Wick) said he had only heard about the incident through social network sites but said the council was working to make the area safer.

He said: “The problem with Haydon Wick School is there is not a lot of parking within the immediate vicinity of the school, although there are facilities that are only a walking distance away.

“We are working with the school to implement a school safety zone which will help improve safety for children who use the school.”

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