Parents are driving schools parking mad
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.