Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Pupil safety outside Dundee schools

This afternoon, I took part in the latest meeting of the City Council's working group tackling school parking and pupil safety outside schools across the city.

I took the opportunity to again raise my concerns and those of constituents about road safety in the vicinity of the West End schools' campus - Balgay Hill Nursery School, Victoria Park Primary School and St Joseph's Primary School.    The concerns include some drivers driving into the school campus area (instead of parking on-street) against school advice and some inappropriate on-street parking including drop off and pick up of pupils on Blackness Road.

I am pleased to advise that, after hearing my concerns, the council's Chief Executive proposed a site visit to the schools to look at the issues and agree steps to tackle them.   This will take place before the end of term later this month.

It should be stressed that the vast majority of parents and carers drop off their children appropriately and with care and respect for others, but any remaining safety concerns must be tackled.

I also spoke about the situation outside St John's High School and was assured that a meeting with the school will take place next term to discuss any parking and safety issues.