Pupils’ posters help curb bad parking habits

Pupils from Grangemouth primary schools take part in a road safety initiative
Pupils from Grangemouth primary schools take part in a road safety initiative

The art work of primary school pupils from the Grangemouth area helped a new road safety initiative start off in the right direction.

Launched by Councillor David Balfour, the new scheme aims to raise awareness of dangerous parking near schools and hopes to discourage drivers from stopping on zigzag or double yellow lines, or across residents’ driveways.

Councillor Balfour said: “I started the initiative by tasking our primary school children with designing a road safety picture. The schools narrowed down the pictures from 1205 to 13 and myself and MSP Angus MacDonald picked winners from the finalists.

“The pictures were all of a very high standard.”

The winning design by Aiden Keltie of Beancross Primary School will now be incorporated into banners to be placed at the school gates. Aiden won a £100 voucher, Lumia cycle helmet, and a hi-viz vest.

Other finalists receiving prizes included Chloe Deans, Leah Strathearn and Natalia Zolnierczyk (Sacred Heart); Orla Leitch, Mila McAinsh and Rachel MacDonald (Bowhouse); Abbie Keltie and Mia George (Beancross); Chloe Ash and Emma Todd (Moray); and Sophie Donachie and Rachel Morris (Bothkennar).

Everyone who entered the competition will receive their very own reflective safety keyring.