Creative kids from East Durham encouraged to enter safer roads competition

Creative kids are being called on to make people think twice before inconsiderately parking near County Durham schools.

Durham County Council’s road safety team, working in partnership with Radecal Signs and Graphics Ltd, is inviting schools in County Durham to enter a competition to design artwork that will be created into a parking sign for their school.

Pupils are being asked to design artwork that addresses the problem of school gate parking and deters drivers from parking illegally, inconsiderately or dangerously.

The winner will have the opportunity to see their artwork being transformed into a sign that will then be displayed on the school perimeter fence.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “We hear regularly from concerned parents, teachers and local residents about the problems that irresponsible school gate parking can cause.

“We are hoping to receive some fantastic designs that will not only deter people from parking inconsiderately or illegally, but first and foremost keep our pupils safe.”

Radecal Signs has donated prizes for the winning primary and secondary schools:

• 1st prize is a £1,000 voucher
• 2nd prize is a £500 voucher
• 3rd prize is a £250 voucher
• 10 runners up will also have their designs printed for their schools

Entries should be submitted on A4 paper and can either be created using a computer, drawn freehand or coloured. One entry from each school will be submitted into the inter-schools prize draw where an independent judging panel will pick the overall winner.

All schools are invited to enter the competition and entries must be submitted to the council’s road safety team by Wednesday 31 October. The winner will be announced during National Road Safety Week commencing on Monday 19 November.