North West Wales

Wooden 'children' aid safety outside Conwy schools

Pupils with the wooden pupils outside Ysgol y Maelgwn
Image caption The children worked on the safety messages on the wooden children

Wooden cut-out children are being used to relay the importance of parking safely outside schools in Conwy county.

The latest wooden children have taken up their positions outside Ysgol Maelgwn in Llandudno Junction.

Similar 3ft (91cm) high figures are placed outside Ysgol Tan y Marian, Colwyn Bay; Ysgol Cynfran, Llysfaen; and Ysgol Llanddulas, Abergele.

Ysgol Maelgwn head teacher Llyr Jones said the pupils enjoyed the project because the issue affects them all.

Each wooden child features a different safety message, which was chosen by the pupils themselves.

Image caption The 'children' are used as a way to reduce hazardous parking outside schools

Once the messages were decided upon, a group of pupils from Ysgol Maelgwn and Ysgol Nant y Coed, which is also in Llandudno Junction, helped paint the messages onto the boards.

As the wooden children were put in place North Wales Police community support officer (PCSO), Peter Colley, spoke to people about safety.

"The initiative was very well received by parents," he said.

"This will be an ongoing priority and, as such, I will be making regular visits to Ysgol Maelgwn, and Ysgol Nant y Coed, that are within the area I cover."

Llyr Jones, head teacher at Ysgol Maelgwn said it had been an "excellent project".

"The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in it, as the issue directly affects them all," he said.

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