Self­ish park­ing causes may­hem near school

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your telegraph - A CONCERNED PAR­ENT

I AM a res­i­dent of Eye­bury Road in Eye and am writ­ing in re­ply to the star let­ter from Jack Thorpe last week (School run mums an easy tar­get).

The park­ing is a big is­sue down the road at school time. Par­ents drop­ping off their chil­dren cause pure may­hem – some park all over the dou­ble yel­low lines, not pay­ing any at­ten­tion to them and com­pletely block the road, in­clud­ing peo­ple’s drive­ways.

The park­ing at­ten­dants are do­ing their jobs as re­quested by a lot of res­i­dents. They have tried ed­u­cat­ing par­ents and warn­ing them, but they pay no at­ten­tion.

They move while the at­ten­dants are there and re­turn when they have gone.

Some­thing needs to be done as it’s dan­ger­ous. There will be an ac­ci­dent there soon as cars have to I WOULD like to re­ply to a let­ter in last Wed­nes­day’s ET from Jack Thorpe re­gard­ing the city coun­cil park­ing at­ten­dants out­side Eye Pri­mary School on Tues­day morn­ing.

I for one was very pleased to see them. They were there and clearly vis­i­ble at 8.35am as I parked the car and dropped my daugh­ter at the school.

I wit­nessed four of them al­to­gether, but I saw no il­le­gal park­ing that morn­ing for the first time ever. So they clearly worked as a de­ter­rent.

How­ever, by the same af­ter­noon, all was back to its il­le­gal norm. I saw at least seven cars parked on dou­ble yel­low lines and not be­cause the par­ents were run­ning late ei­ther. I ar­rived at the school 10 min­utes be­fore school fin­ished and saw them.

I have no­ticed that the par­ents who park their cars il­le­gally are usu­ally the same ones ev­ery morn­ing and af­ter­noon. They choose to park where they do and more re­spon­si­ble par­ents like my­self have to clev­erly ma­noeu­vre our cars around them to park around the corner in a safe and le­gal po­si­tion.

If par­ents choose to park il­le­gally and they get caught and fined, then that is how it should be.

All driv­ers know what dou­ble yel­low lines mean and so the park­ing at­ten­dants are not there to ed­u­cate (as sug­gested by Mr Thorpe) they are there to en­force the law.

I wel­come the city coun­cil to ob­serve the sit­u­a­tion in a more un­der­cover man­ner and more reg­u­larly, and wit­ness for them­selves that it is the same par­ents say in and day out that choose to park il­le­gally.

There are some peo­ple that think they are above the law and so rules don’t ap­ply to them. The sooner these in­di­vid­u­als are pun­ished the sooner our kids will be safer on their jour­neys to school.

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