Police and pupils become ‘jam busters’

Police in Aylsham are supporting a ‘jam busting’ initiative to cut down on school run traffic.

Officers from the Aylsham Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) along with the parish council have been supporting the four week long traffic calming initiative being led by Coltishall Primary School.

The idea is to encourage children to walk, cycle or scooter to school instead of arriving and getting picked up by vehicles which cause congestion outside the school and on the roads.

Children who opt for a healthier and environmentally friendly way to school are being awarded tokens and at the end of the initiative the class with the most tokens will win a prize.

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Police Community Support Officer Laura Munro-Oakley said: “This initiative is a fantastic way to get the children involved and ease congestion.

“We regularly pay visits to the schools in the neighbourhood to make sure motorists do not cause any parking problems and adhere to parking restrictions. 

“The feedback from the children and parents has all been positive so with few cars outside the school gates”.

Those who have travelled to school on their bike have had the opportunity to stop en-route and have their bike security marked by officers.

The initiative started last week and will continue to run for the next three weeks.

To contact the SNT about neighbourhood issues call 0845 456 4567.
PCSO Laura Munro-Oakley and school Governor Doreen Snelling handing out 'Walk to School' tokens