School ready to re­port par­ents to the po­lice

Driv­ers caus­ing safety prob­lems at Burn­side Pri­mary

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Par­ents park­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly at a Ruther­glen pri­mary will be re­ported to po­lice, the school has warned.

Burn­side Pri­mary reg­u­larly has par­ents park­ing on Glen­lui Av­enue when drop­ping off or col­lect­ing their kids, caus­ing sev­eral prob­lems for both young­sters at the school and for lo­cal res­i­dents.

Staff at the school have now con­sulted com­mu­nity po­lice for ad­vice on how to stop the prob­lem, with per­sis­tent bad driv­ers be­ing told they will be re­ported to the cops if it car­ries on.

The school’s de­pute head Alyson McGovern said: “It re­ally is an im­por­tant cause be­cause that is a tight en­trance-way for the school.

“We’ve had com­mu­nity po­lice on­board with this and we want to make it safer for the chil­dren, be­cause there could be an ac­ci­dent in the fu­ture if this car­ries on.

“We are now ask­ing for the num­ber plates of the cars do­ing it con­sis­tently to be re­ported to the school.

“We have par­ents that are reg­u­larly park­ing on dou­ble yel­low lines too, which is caus­ing is­sues for any par­ent with bug­gies and prams to just get up the road.”

Pupils re­cently moved back to their Glen­lui Av­enue premises af­ter a multi-mil­lion pound re­fur­bish­ment.

They pre­vi­ously had is­sues with park­ing at the school, when pupils were be­ing dropped off by buses trav­el­ling to and from the de­cant site in Spit­tal.

How­ever, af­ter an ini­tial pe­riod of set­tling in once the new build­ing opened, the park­ing prob­lems soon reap­peared.

Ms McGovern said: “It was slightly im­proved when we first moved back in, but peo­ple are more set­tled and have just started park­ing there again.

“We need the kids to ar­rive safely be­cause their safety is para­mount, and the lines are there for a rea­son.

“We do now have a larger car park at the school but that’s needed for peo­ple work­ing at the school and for ac­tual vis­i­tors to the school.

“It is a mi­nor­ity do­ing this, but it is still spilling out into Blair­beth Road and it’s be­com­ing a tricky sit­u­a­tion.

“There are also mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity there, who have noth­ing to do with the school, but are be­ing af­fected by this tak­ing place ev­ery day.

“We’ve had the com­mu­nity po­lice on site for a few oc­ca­sions and they’ll be on board from now.”

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