Par­ents in school park­ing row

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

COUN­CIL chiefs have de­fended their de­ci­sion to ticket ‘self­ish’ par­ents park­ing il­le­gally out­side a pri­mary school.

Cheshire East Coun­cil launched a crack­down out­side Park Royal Pri­mary School on Lyon Street af­ter com­plaints from res­i­dents.

But par­ents have hit back claim­ing that ren­o­va­tion works at the school have in­creased park­ing prob­lems in the area.

The school claims it has done every­thing it can to help par­ents as it un­der­goes its £2.5m re­fit which is ex­pected to last un­til spring.

Par­ents con­tacted the Ex­press com­plain­ing that traf­fic war­dens had been dish­ing out dozens of tick­ets in the week run­ning up to half-term.

Kris Smith said: “The school is un­der go­ing a re­fur­bish­ment pro­gramme which has left an al­ready bad park­ing ar­range­ment an ex­tremely bad park­ing ar­range­ment. The sin­gle yel­low line ad­ja­cent to the school is the only vi­able op­tion for the par­ents of a school with over 300 pupils and no car park.

“Traf­fic war­dens have been up and down that road tick­et­ing at will and with­out prej­u­dice. “This is a dis­grace.” Steph Dor­man Hardy called for the coun­cil to ‘lay off’ fin­ing mo­torists un­til con­struc­tion work has be com­pleted.

Ian Al­dous, a school gover­nor, said the school had done every­thing it could to help par­ents and staff dur­ing the works, adding: “We are a town cen­tre school. Park­ing is al­ways an is­sue. We have sent a mes­sage to par­ents ask­ing them to be re­spect­ful to res­i­dents if they park in the area.”

Coun­cil­lor Les Gil­bert, cabi­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said: “The coun­cil’s main fo­cus re­mains the safety of all road users, in par­tic­u­lar chil­dren, and en­sur­ing we keep traf­fic mov­ing.

“The coun­cil con­tin­ues to work with po­lice on the is­sue of in­ap­pro­pri­ate park­ing out­side the school dur­ing pick up and drop offs.

“We are tak­ing pos­i­tive ac­tion against those that con­tinue to park self­ishly. How­ever, our ini­tial ap­proach re­mains the ed­u­ca­tion of the pub­lic.”

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●● Par­ents have been fined for park­ing out­side Park Royal Pri­mary School

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