The Panda Scheme Launch

The Panda Scheme Launch at Kirkland and Catterall St Helen's C of E Primary School. Panda Scheme signs are erected on The Avenue following the official launch on Monday 14th March at Kirkland and Catterall St. Helen's C of E Primary School. The launch was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Councillors from Kirkland and Catterall Parish Councils, the winners of the designed signs and their parents and members of the school. It is hoped that the signs will have a positive effect on the road speed. The scheme is a method of reducing speed in the designated area of the school nominated as the Panda Zone. Panda Zones are reduced speed zones, where the motivation to slow down comes from an appeal made by the school children themselves. Children take ownership of the scheme from the outset, designing their own road signs, pictures and slogans, appealing to drivers to 'please slow down.' Also the children are assisting with the monitoring of road speeds and production of records to ensure that the scheme is effective. Four signs have been produced to be attached to lamp posts along the Avenue at appropriate intervals on the approach to school, each encouraging the driver to slow down.