Drivers putting children at risk

Mark Perks in Buckshaw Village
Mark Perks in Buckshaw Village

Car drivers have been branded “mindless and stupid” for driving on footpaths near a Chorley school.

It is claimed mothers with children in prams were put at risk in Buckshaw Village.

The incident happened two Mondays ago after a lorry was blocking Unity Way outside Trinity CE/Methodist Primary School.

Around six to eight cars were involved in the incident .

Instead of waiting for the lorry to move,motorists took it upon themselves to drive over the public footpath, passing a children’s play area, so they could leave the school.

Shocked county councillor Mark Perks said: “This is a real act of stupidity and irresponsible. People could have been hurt and it goes against every health and safety law.

“The worst part is that it was parents from the school who were the drivers.”

The incident was reported to the police and Coun Perks has also urged the school, where he is a governor, to highlight the incident to parents.

He said: “The school publishes a weekly newsletter and the parents need to be told this simply cannot happen. This really was a mindless act and a real act of stupidity.”

Plans for double yellow lines and zig-zag lines have been approved by the county council but as of yet they have still not been painted on.

Jill Wright, the headteacher at Trinity CE/Methodist Primary School, declined to comment on the matter.