Par­ents are driv­ing schools park­ing mad

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PARK­ING on dou­ble yel­low lines, block­ing drive­ways, leav­ing cars on the pave­ment, and driv­ing that en­dan­gers the safety of kids.

These are rou­tine prob­lems for schools in Greater Manch­ester at drop-off and pick-up times.

So our sis­ter paper Manch­ester Even­ing News has spo­ken to par­ents, teach­ers and coun­cil bosses in the re­gion to high­light the worst ar­eas for anti-so­cial park­ing dur­ing the school run, and to find out what is be­ing done to tackle the prob­lem.

In­con­sid­er­ate park­ing is a prob­lem out­side ‘most schools’, ac­cord­ing to Tame­side Coun­cil bosses.

Michelle Bram­mer shared a pic­ture of a car parked fully on the pave­ment out­side Ald­wyn Pri­mary School in Au­den­shaw.

She said: “It’s so dan­ger­ous, I’m sur­prised no one has been in­jured.

“The school has sent warn­ings in news­let­ters, but cer­tain par­ents do not lis­ten.” Steve Mars­land is the head­teacher of Rus­sell Scott Pri­mary School in Den­ton, which is next to the busy Crown Point North re­tail park in the town cen­tre.

He said the school has worked with po­lice and the coun­cil on a project to send chil­dren out with en­force­ment of­fi­cers – as mini PCSOs. The aim is to ‘em­bar­rass’ par­ents to be con­sid­er­ate.

He added: “The Ju­nior PCSO scheme we have ini­ti­ated is giv­ing the chil­dren a strong voice and al­low­ing them to take re­spon­si­bil­ity within their com­mu­nity, to chal­lenge the mums and dads to be more con­sid­er­ate and en­cour­ag­ing them to walk to school.“

Ian Saxon, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and neigh­bour­hoods at Tame­side Coun­cil, said: “In­con­sid­er­ate park­ing is an is­sue at most schools.

“We work with schools and GMP to carry out on­go­ing aware­ness rais­ing and en­force­ment.”

Old­ham Coun­cil has two ‘safety cars’ which are sent out to pa­trol hotspot ar­eas of bad park­ing in the bor­ough. He­len Lockwood, re­spon­si­ble for econ­omy, skills and neigh­bour­hoods at the coun­cil, said: “We work with school staff to tackle the prob­lem and they also send out re­minders to par­ents ask­ing them to park re­spon­si­bly and more im­por­tantly to con­sider the safety of pupils.

“Pupils and par­ents are also en­cour­aged to walk to school. For this is­sue to im­prove, we need those who choose to park out­side schools to do so re­spon­si­bly.” l●

A driver parked on the pave­ment out­side Ald­wyn Pri­mary School in Au­den­shaw.

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