A DELIVERY of 125 ‘A frames’ have been received by the Formby Schools Road Safety Initiative – as part of their latest round of improvements to parking outside schools in the village.
The initiative, which aims to make the school run in Formby ‘safer and less stressful’ was launched by road safety expert Andrew Drewary, 54, who lives by Trinity St Peter’s Primary School on Paradise Lane. He is an independent collisions investigator for the Road Safety Smart group, which aims to improve road safety by changing driver behaviour.
The initiative had to be put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic – but with the support of the nine schools and three day nurseries in Formby, the initiative was re-started ahead of the new school year last week.
Andrew told the Champion: “This is a full community project not just involving the schools but supported by their neighbours and numerous local businesses who are all keen to improve road safety across the community.
“A delivery of 125 ‘A’ frames has been received by the Formby Schools Road Safety Initiative thanks to a grant from Formby Parish Council. The ‘A’ frames were delivered to all the schools and day nurseries in time for the start of the new term in September!
“A huge thank you to Formby Parish Council for supporting the initiative and providing valuable funds during these difficult times.”
He spoke about all the work that he been going on behind the scenes for the initiative.
He continued: “I would like to welcome new members to the group from Crosby, Waterloo and Ainsdale. Their views, ideas and support will be very much appreciated and will certainly help us get our messages across and make a difference. As we move forward, hopefully more areas will join up.
“I have also received details of a dedicated email address from Merseyside Police to report serious pavement parking issues, firstname.lastname@example.org – all you need to do is send a photograph of the offending vehicle with the date, time and location.
“In addition to this, I am working with Merseyside Police who are speaking with the fire service about how they can support us via the use of their vehicles around schools, to highlight poor parking practices during drop off and pick up times.
“Paul Mountford at Merseyside Police is coordinating their new initiative 'Road Safety Watch' which I have signed up for. This is a great new initiative which will help us achieve our aims. If you would like to know more about this, please contact Paul directly at Paul.Mountford@merseyside.police.uk and he will let you know more about it and send out the necessary forms to sign up.
“The Sefton Road Safety Team have produced some new 20mph wheelie bin stickers, which I know some of the residents in Paradise Lane are using. If you want some of these, contact Jean Hunt at the Sefton Road Safety Team and she will be more than happy to send some out to you. Her contact details are Jean.email@example.com.”
Anyone wanting to get involved should contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org