Safety concerns raised around school

Sergeant Sawers and councillor Anouk Kloppert met with concerned parents outside Auchterellon School
Sergeant Sawers and councillor Anouk Kloppert met with concerned parents outside Auchterellon School

A councillor has raised concerns about safety around Auchterellon School at pick up and drop off times following a car crash in the area last week.

Ellon and District SNP Councillor, Anouk Kloppert, was made aware that a child minder was involved in a car collision last Wednesday due to decreased visibility at one of the junctions near to the school.

Luckily no one was hurt in the incident, but it has increased safety concerns for pedestrians and drivers in the area during the busy school start and finish times.

Cllr Kloppert believes that the incident happened due to irresponsible parking of cars during these times, which makes it difficult to see and travel around junctions.

Cllr Kloppert met on site with some parents of pupils of the school, and with Sergeant Andy Sawers of Police Scotland on Tuesday morning.

Cllr Kloppert said: “I am very happy that the local police Sergeant was very quick in coming to meet me to discuss these concerns, and to discuss ways in which we can raise awareness of the effect of irresponsible parking in the area.

“This junction specifically has been a worrying crossing for a lot of residents of the area when it is busy with traffic during school drop off and pick up times.

“If the problem is not addressed, more parents will be unwilling to let their children walk to school, which will exacerbate the problem.

“Some essential suggestions have been made by Sergeant Sawers, which he has now summarised in writing, and I will pass these suggestions on to the relevant council departments and officers.”

Sgt Sawers added: “Dangerous and inappropriate parking is a very real issue during the school drop off and collections and I urge parents to ensure that they are not even partially blocking driveways and junctions. This practice will lead to our local policing teams taking enforcement action where required.

“There are Zig Zag lines in place throughout the length of the school and this means no parking or stopping even for a moment to drop off.

“These parking issues have been highlighted to us and we will be looking at ways to reduce the problems in this and other areas working alongside the schools and local councillors.”