Ban­ning or­ders could see par­ents fined on school run

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

COUN­CIL of­fi­cers will be given new pow­ers to crack down on par­ents who park il­le­gally out­side schools.

Schools cur­rently have ‘School Keep Clear’ mark­ings pro­hibit­ing par­ents from park­ing out­side the school gates to drop off and pick up their chil­dren, but only the po­lice can carry out en­force­ment where an ob­struc­tion is caused.

But a new ‘No Stop­ping Traf­fic Reg­u­la­tion Or­der’ pro­posed by the coun­cil will mean coun­cil en­force­ment of­fi­cers can fine par­ents for park­ing in the re­stricted zones.

The fines will be up to £70, or £35 if paid promptly.

The or­ders come af­ter com­plaints about par­ents caus­ing traf­fic chaos and safety prob­lems by park­ing il­le­gally to pick up their chil­dren, with 18 schools across Mac­cles­field iden­ti­fied as prob­lem ar­eas.

The or­ders will ban peo­ple park­ing in des­ig­nated ar­eas out­side the schools from Mon­day to Fri­day, 8am to 5pm.

Cheshire East is con­sult­ing on or­ders for a to­tal of 15 pri­mary schools as well as Mac­cles­field Academy, Tyther­ing­ton School and King’s School.

Raj Barard, head­teacher at Bosley St Mary’s Pri­mary school which will have a no stop­ping zone on Leek Road, said: “I would 100 per cent sup­port this on the grounds of health and safety.

“It’s a fast and busy road here out­side school and it’s im­por­tant we keep our chil­dren safe. I wel­come any­thing to keep this road clear.”

A Cheshire East Coun­cil spokesman said: “The traf­fic reg­u­la­tion or­ders are a re­sponse to grow­ing con­cerns about un­safe and ir­re­spon­si­ble park­ing out­side schools.

“This is a re­sponse to re­quests from res­i­dents, the po­lice, lo­cal ward mem­bers and the wider com­mu­nity. They mean that, in ad­di­tion to the po­lice, the coun­cil’s own civil en­force­ment of­fi­cers can is­sue penalty charge no­tices, which can lead to a £70 fine or £35 if paid promptly. How­ever our civil en­force­ment of­fi­cers and road safety ed­u­ca­tion part­ners will first want to talk to par­ents who park in these re­stricted zones, rather than is­sue an au­to­matic penalty charge no­tice. This would be to point out the risks to chil­dren and pedes­tri­ans from in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing.”

The con­sul­ta­tion is on un­til tomorrow (March 16). Email Con­sul­ta­tions@cheshireeast­high­ways.org. A copy of the or­der is avail­able at Mac­cles­field Li­brary.

Head­teacher Raj Barard with pupils out­side Bosley St Mary’s pri­mary, which is one of the schools which will have ‘no stop­ping or­ders’

Sarah, Ni­cholas and Ann Win­ter­ton on gen­eral elec­tion night in 1992 and the book, right

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