MANCH­ESTER

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The sit­u­a­tion is par­tic­u­larly bad in Manch­ester. Bosses at Manch­ester City Coun­cil say they have is­sued al­most 2,500 tick­ets to driv­ers who have parked on school zigzag lines since Jan­uary last year.

Head­teacher of Cavendish Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School in Dids­bury, Janet Mar­land, said there is a huge is­sue with par­ents bat­tling to park as close to the school gates as pos­si­ble dur­ing drop-offs.

In the past, she has used some novel tech­niques to ad­dress the prob­lem, such as nam­ing and sham­ing bad of­fend­ers on the school Twit­ter ac­count.

Mrs Mar­land said: “They don’t want to walk. They are park­ing on the dou­ble yel­low lines and block­ing ac­cess roads to lo­cal res­i­dents.

“We have some chil­dren who live a 15 to 20 minute walk away, who are brought to school in the car. It has an im­pact on the health and safety of chil­dren. The coun­cil do what they can to sup­port us, they have sent out traf­fic con­trol. I imag­ine ev­ery school has the same prob­lems we do. The an­swer is get­ting par­ents and car­ers to be­have more re­spon­si­bly, to park fur­ther away.”

Har­riet Hall is a par­ent at Alma Park Pri­mary School in Leven­shulme. She said her son Wil­liam, aged 8, is visu­ally im­paired, which means it can be stress­ful when peo­ple drive dan­ger­ously out­side the school gates.

She said: “His con­di­tion means he some­times can’t tell if some­thing is mov­ing or still. Con­se­quently pave­ment park­ing and the be­hav­iour of driv­ers around school time is stress­ful. He doesn’t have a stick so peo­ple pre­sume he can see them and ex­pect him to get out the way or wave him on when he can’t see in­side the car.”

Alma Park school re­sponded to the com­plaints about bad park­ing, say­ing they have an ar­range­ment with the lo­cal Tesco store, where par­ents and car­ers can park in their car park.

A spokesman for Manch­ester City Coun­cil said: “Park­ing on the zig-zag lines out­side schools is il­le­gal, dan­ger­ous and thor­oughly ir­re­spon­si­ble,” he said. “Those who are caught re­ceive a £70 ixed penalty no­tice.” code and take ex­tra care around schools.”

A driver block­ing the cul-de-sac at St Teresa’s Pri­mary School in Fir­swood

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