Be Cool – Park away from our school

Mar 13, 2023Latest News, Road Safety

Keeping our pupils safe travelling to school Letter

We are working with Gateshead Council and Northumbria Police to address some of the
concerns raised relating to illegal, unsafe, and inconsiderate parking around our school.
We have received complaints from residents and parents, and our pupils tell us that they
are worried about feeling unsafe when they walk and wheel to school because of cars
parking on the pavement or blocking safe places to cross the road.

Attached to this letter is a reminder of the legal restrictions in place around our school and
across the road network. Penalty Charge Notices can be issued to drivers who fail to follow
the rules clearly displayed.

Gateshead Council Enforcement Officers carry out patrols of all schools in the borough and
there is a camera car which also patrols school sites. Officers will be visiting the school and
drivers who are seen to park illegally will be asked to move and where relevant, Penalties
will be issued.

Gateshead Council Road Safety have provided a map which we have added to this letter – it
shows some of the places you can’t park as well as places that they would encourage you to
avoid parking to keep the space around our school safe for everyone. We know that for
some people, driving to school is the only sensible option but, in many cases, there are
times when pupils could walk, cycle or scoot to school and we hope you support us by
choosing to do this as often as you can.

You will also notice some new helpers we have at the school gates. We hope they will help
remind all drivers that stopping on School Keep Clear zig zags is not permitted under any
circumstances and that these lines are there to keep our pupils safe.

Thank you for helping to keep the roads around our school safe for everyone.
Gateshead Council Road Safety and Dunston Hill Community Primary School