New school term but the same old park­ing prob­lems

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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