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Pupils give rogue parkers a red card

PUBLISHED: 12:33 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:31 23 August 2010

SCHOOLCHILDREN have shown drivers flouting parking restrictions the red card as part of a safety initiative. Meopham Primary School pupils are patrolling their front gates this week with brightly coloured red cards warning that anyone parking on yellow z

SCHOOLCHILDREN have shown drivers flouting parking restrictions the red card as part of a safety initiative.

Meopham Primary School pupils are patrolling their front gates this week with brightly coloured red cards warning that anyone parking on yellow zig-zag lines could face a £70 fine.

The initiative is being run by Kent Police and Kent County Council, after first being piloted this time last year.

Meopham Primary headteacher Martin Clinton said: "In common with many schools, parking outside and in the vicinity is a problem, particularly as a hazard to children but also in upsetting neighbours.

"This is designed to remind the very small minority of parents who may be in a hurry and so use the zig-zag area to drop off their children that they need to respect the parking restrictions."

Last week, pupils were told about the scheme at an assembly while parents were sent warning letters.

The number of tickets handed out by community wardens, who will join the pupils on their rounds, will be recorded and details sent to parents next week.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mike Coltham said: "This is a multi-agency approach to resolving a problem which is happening across north Kent.

"By involving the children, they will be able to encourage parents to park properly and may also, when they are older, be more considerate drivers."

The scheme will move on to Higham Primary School from March 15 to 26.

Business is brisk

SPACES for exhibitors at a business show this month are sold out.

Thirty companies booked stands at the event to be staged in The Stag Plaza, Sevenoaks, on Wednesday, March 24. A Business Village will be the hub of the show, with demonstrations and training throughout the day.

Entry for delegates is free, with a free goody bag to the first 50 who arrive. For more information, visit www.businessshowsevenoaks.co.uk

Hearing aid help

FREE hearing aid clinics will be held this month.

Charity Hi Kent is offering after-care clinics to those with hearing problems at Northfleet Day Centre, in Coldharbour Road, from 9.30am to 11am on Wednesday and from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on March 16.

They will also be held at St Edmund's Church Living Well Centre, in St Edmund's Road, Dartford, on Thursday, March 11, from 10am to 11.30am and at Sutton-at-Hone Library the following day from 11am to noon.

Those with NHS hearing aids can get them cleaned and re-tubed, and also collect fresh batteries free of charge.

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