Bollards that look like pupils planned to prevent parking problems near school

Seathorne Primary School, Winthorpe, is placing bollards outside the school to look like pupils. Pupils acting as bollards outside the school.

Seathorne Primary School, Winthorpe, is placing bollards outside the school to look like pupils. Pupils acting as bollards outside the school.

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A primary school in Skegness is to have bollards that look like pupils installed near its entrance after being driven ‘parking mad’ by inconsiderate motorists.

Seathorne Primary School, in Count Alan Road, is taking the step in response to cars being left on the yellow zig zag ‘keep clear’ lines and even across a pedestrian crossing outside its grounds during picking up and dropping off times.

Once installed, it is thought the bollards will be the first of their kind in Lincolnshire.

The school has called on parents and carers numerous times to keep the area clear for children’s safety, but seemingly to no avail.

Challenging drivers directly can be met with ‘a mouthful of abuse’, said school business manager Chris Davison.

“They just don’t care,” she said.

Describing the bollards as a ‘desperate measure’, she said: “We are trying to make an impact with parents, to try to advise them not to park on the advisory lines.”

The bollards are made by West Yorkshire company Marshalls.

The school got in touch with the firm after seeing the product prove successful at schools in Leicestershire.

Mrs Davison said: “If it does work we hope the rest of the county will follow suit.”

The school has ordered two Billy bollards and one Belinda bollard (that is, two ‘boy’ bollards and one ‘girl’ bollard), painted in its uniform colours.

It hopes to have them installed before Easter.

Purchase of the bollards has been made possible thanks to a £1,000 donation from Coun Steve O’Dare, member of East Lindsey District Council for Skegness Winthorpe, as part of his Councillor Community Grants fund.

Coun O’Dare heard about the project from his fellow ward councillor Coun Carl Macey and described it as ‘a fantastic idea’.

He added: “It’s not a normal type of thing you would do to increase awareness of road safety - actually having bollards that look like school children.

“There is a bit of a strangeness about it that appealed to me, to be honest. I know it has worked in other parts of the country. It just seemed to me to be a tremendous enhancement to the road safety in the area for a fairly small sum.”