Road safety funding for Runcorn schools

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Two schools in Runcorn have been awarded funding from police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Keane to improve road safety.

Working with their local police teams, Daresbury Primary School and St Mary’s Church of England Primary School have been successful in their applications for funding from the Commissioner’s Community Policing fund. 

The grants will be used to purchase cut-out signs in the shape and size of primary aged children to educate parents and guardians on how to park safely on roads surrounding the schools on Chester Road and Castlefields Avenue. 

The signs will provide a visual representation of the dangers our young people face when people park in inconsiderate ways. They will include safety messages and reminders to think before parking.

The funding is the same as that provided to St Bertaline’s C of E Primary School on Norton Lane last year to support a similar scheme.

All the schemes focus on improving safety outside the school grounds and look to educate drivers of the dangers for children. 

All of those involved will work alongside their dedicated PCSO to raise awareness of the dangers, educate and inform parents, guardians and children on how they can play their part in keeping everyone safe.

PCC David Keane said: “Road safety is a big concern for us all.  Schools are busy places especially during drop-off and pick-up times with parking being one of the biggest concerns.

“Parents and guardians often don’t realise how their parking impacts on others and the reduced visibility it gives to other road users and young people trying to cross the road safely.

“These projects are a great example of how I wanted my new community police fund to work.  It’s about looking at a local area, identifying the biggest issue and coming up with a solution together to achieve the biggest impact.”

The Community Police Fund links directly to the recently launched initiative to increase police visibility in every community by providing a dedicated Police Constable (PC) and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for all 122 areas. 

The fund has been developed using money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) 2002 and looks to reinvest it back into communities.
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Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Head of Engagement and Policy, Police and Crime Commissioner)

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