Crack­down on prob­lem park­ers out­side schools

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

Tlem HE coun­cil is driv­ing a new ap­proach to tack­ling prob­park­ing out­side schools in the bor­ough.

Po­lice, traf­fic en­force­ment of­fi­cers and a coun­cil­lor spent two after­noons out­side Car­di­nal Lan­g­ley School in Mid- dle­ton to clamp down on prob­lem park­ing dur­ing the af­ter­noon pick up. Roads, en­trances to houses and bus stops were all seen to be blocked and dou­ble yel­low lines were fre­quently ig­nored across the two days.

The ac­tion came af­ter re­cent com­plaints from the school and con­cerned res­i­dents over the po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions be­ing caused by per­sis­tent prob­lem park­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Sara Row- botham, cabi­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing and a deputy leader of the coun­cil, said: “It is re­ally im­por­tant that those col­lect­ing chil­dren from school obey park­ing reg­u­la­tions.

“They aren’t there to be dif­fi­cult - they are there to make it safe for the chil­dren leav­ing school and the res­i­dents liv­ing nearby. In­ap­pro­pri­ate park­ing causes dis­rup­tion and the coun­cil and po­lice will take ac­tion.

“Ev­ery­one can do their bit to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion at schools up and down the bor­ough by not park­ing il­le­gally.”

Staff spent two after­noons speak­ing to mo­torists who were parked in­ap­pro­pri­ately and high­lighted more ap­pro­pri­ate park­ing ar­eas be­fore ex­plain­ing what ac­tion will be taken, by po­lice or traf­fic en­force­ment, if prob­lems per­sist.

The coun­cil is also look­ing at ad­di­tional traf­fic con­trol mea­sures, such as road mark­ings, to see what im­prove­ments could be made.

Coun Row­botham and multi-agency part­ners at Car­di­nal Lan­g­ley School

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