Students at Hereward College officially launched a citywide poster campaign at an event attended by local councillors, local authority representatives and sponsors this week.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Linda Bigham presented awards to the competition winners whose posters will be displayed in public places across the city, with the aim of making people think twice before parking their cars inconsiderately.
Hereward is a college for young people with disabilities and additional needs, which provides its learners with a curriculum that focuses on skills for independent living and employment.
A group of students from the college decided to run a competition to encourage young people and children to design a poster highlighting the difficulties that pedestrians have when motorists park on the pavement without leaving room for wheelchair users and people using pushchairs.
The Hereward College pavement parking steering group chose the three winners from local schools and colleges.
The students said as part of their presentation:
“Inconsiderate parking is a city-wide problem and we want this campaign to help raise awareness, and make people think about the impact of parking their car on the pavements.
“It’s a problem that affects everyone – from blind people, people who use wheelchairs, parents pushing buggies or anyone who just wants to walk from A to B safely.”
Deputy Lord Mayor, Linda Bigham said:
“It’s a problem that affects so many people that I know, whether they are a wheelchair user or have a pushchair. Through working on this campaign the Hereward students have developed democratic life skills and demonstrated the benefits of collective action. They can now see the positive impact this will have on the lives of Coventry people.”
The students have also produced two videos about the issue.
Poster design winners: Ella Szoklo, Hereward College; Alice Brereton, Westwood Academy ; Mae Buckton, Templars Primary School.
Pictured: Poster competition award winners with the Hereward Pavement Parking steering group, Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Bigham and campaign partners.
Hereward Pavement Parking Campaign is on twitter @HPPCampaign #THINKbeforeyoupark.
The campaign is supported by; the Big Lottery, Coventry Bears, Tesco Cannon Park, and The Royal Bengal in Earlsdon.