Pupils design banners to highlight parking issues outside school

Pupils from a city school have designed two banners to encourage parents to park safely outside the school.

The Discovery School in Mountsteven Avenue, Walton – together with the Safer Peterborough Prevention and Enforcement Service (PES) – held a competition earlier this year inviting children to design the banners, to discourage dangerous or inconsiderate parking.

The winners unveiled their banners after a special assembly at the school on Friday 20 April.

To help bring the banners to life, local company Print Solutions stepped in to offer to print the banners free of charge.

Over 120 entries were received and four winning designs were amalgamated to create two banners. The winners were: Amelia Wright (9), Alina Rasul (9) and Leighan Lenihan (11).

Jenny Wright, road safety officer for PES, said: “The PES team has carried out 25 school visits due to concerns about parking raised by pupils, parents, and teachers and three penalty charge notices have been issued since the start of this year.

“As the pupils have designed the banners we hope that parents will pay attention to them and park safely in other areas instead.”

Michelle Siequien, head teacher at the Discovery School, said: “Judges were kept busy sifting through the entries, looking for a clear and simple design with lots of bright colours and a strong message to parents. The winning design also needed to work as a banner format.

This was no easy feat as there over 120 entries, all of which were very high quality indeed. In the end, it was decided to create two banners with aspects of four designs incorporated.”

The Prevention and Enforcement Service officers have the ability to take action against a wider range of community issues.

The public can report issues and concerns via the MyPeterborough app or they can call 101 or 747474.