New school term but the same old parking problems
Children walking to a Cambuslang primary school are still being put in danger by selfish drivers according to parents.
St Charles Primary endured problems with double parking, parking on roundabouts and on zig zag lines, and performing u- turns in the exit and entrance to the school car park last year.
South Lanarkshire Council have erected new signage reminding motorists of their responsibility in the new term.
But according to one campaigning mum, the problems have not gone away.
Angeline Dickson watched in horror last term when her daughter, Madeleine (6), was nearly knocked off her bike by a driver performing an illegal u-turn.
In her most recent post on her Daft Mamma blog, Angeline described a “new term with old behaviours.”
She praises the work done by the school and the headteacher, but calls on drivers to take responsibility for their actions.
This week, she told the Reformer: “We don’t really know what else can be done other than CCTV or something like that.
“You just don’t know what’s going to happen. People are willing to make a stand on this.
“We’ll just need to wait and see if these signs have any impact but so far nothing has changed.
“People are still parking on kerbs or on zig-zags and it’s the same people who are doing it from last year.
“Things are only going to get worse as we have new classes coming in. In fact, I believe it’s one of the biggest ever intakes so there will be even more traffic.”
Head of South Lanarkshire Council’s Roads and Transportation Services, Gordon Mackay, said: “Due to the new school term it is common to experience more congestion at the start of the year but this usually reduces to a certain extent over the coming weeks.
“The new signs were a package of measures which also included banners to advise drivers of the issues of inappropriate driving and parking.
“I would urge parents who have to take their children to school by car to park considerately at a point away from the school gates.”
Warning sign Parents say children at St Charles’ Primary are being put in danger by selfish drivers