Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Police in North West Leicestershire launch “Don’t be a zigzag shark” schools parking campaign.

PCSO Cheryl Moore outside
St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School
As local schools return after the summer break, the police in North West Leicestershire are embarking on a campaign of education and enforcement to reduce problems caused by inconsiderate parking near to school entrances.

The first stage of the campaign will be to warn and advise parents of their bad parking, and as a reminder they will be given an air freshener containing the campaign slogan, ‘Don’t be a zigzag shark.’

This will be followed where necessary, by enforcement in conjunction with officers from North West Leicestershire District Council where drivers who fail to heed the advice will be issued with fixed penalty notices or prosecuted. In cases of obstruction this could result in their vehicle being towed away.

In parallel with the ongoing campaign of education and enforcement, pupils at two schools in Whitwick: Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, and St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School, will be participating in a road safety poster competition, with prizes donated by the Leicestershire Police Road Safety team.

PCSO 6580 Cheryl Moore from the Bardon Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Inconsiderate and illegal parking near to school entrances places children at risk. We would urge parents to park safely and legally, even if it means having to walk a few minutes to the school.

“We are hopeful that our campaign will strike a chord with parents and that they will think carefully about where they park when dropping their children off at school.”

Christine Killip, Headteacher of St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School said: “We are introducing several initiatives to encourage parents to consider the safety of the children when travelling to school especially by car. Our School Council has been proactive in seeking improvements to the traffic problems by meeting with a local councillor and traffic officer and they are promoting the values of a positive community to which we hope parents will respond.”

Anyone wanting further information about parking issues can contact North West Leicestershire District Council by ringing 01530 454598, or by email
PCSO Cheryl Moore of North West Leicestershire Local Policing Unit can be contacted by ringing 101. Follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer and when prompted key in her identification number 6580.


  1. But nobody, including the police will confirm what the County Council have told me which is that those zig-zags outside Newbridge High School are not legally enforceable and the same goes for most in the county.

  2. This is the email I received from County Hall:
    Thank you for your follow up email. I must advise that not all zig zag markings are mandatory. There are only a handful of sets in Leicestershire County that have a legal order which ensures that they are mandatory and enforceable. This means that North West Leicestershire District Council were advising you correctly.

    Kind Regards,

    Customer Service Centre Team
    Environment & Transport Department

    Customer Service Centre (E&T), Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, LE3 8ST