Inconsiderate parking around a primary school in Bradley Stoke has led to a complaint from a local Neighbourhood Watch group concerned about access for emergency vehicles.
Wheatfield Primary School has received a formal letter of complaint from the Harvest Close Neighbourhood Watch group highlighting problems residents are experiencing as a result of “Wheatfield parents/carers parking inconsiderately in and around the Close”.
An extract from the letter printed in the latest school newsletter reads:
“Over the last few months there have been an increasing number of parents using the Close to park their cars to collect their children and some have shown little respect for the residents in doing so.”
“Our driveways have been obstructed on several occasions making it difficult for us residents to access or exit our own homes.”
“Parents have been using our driveways to reverse their cars and our open plan gardens to allow their children to trample across to access their cars …”
“The area directly outside the Close on Wheatfield Drive has also become a dangerous entrance or exit for us and we are concerned that should the timing of the parking coincide with any emergency vehicles trying to gain access or exit this could bring hazardous results.”
The school has asked parents/carers to avoid obstructing residents’ driveways or making it impossible for an emergency vehicle to access any of the properties.
Teachers will also be reminding the children of the need to “respect local residents and care for the environment by not walking across their gardens or dropping litter”.
The school has also issued a reminder of its informal one way system to ease congestion in Wheatfield Drive at the beginning and end of the school day: “Vehicles should enter via Wheatfield Drive and exit via Dewfalls Drive.”
Irresponsible street parking has also been a repeated issue at Meadowbrook Pimary School in Three Brooks Lane. In 2008, a ‘zero tolerance month’ saw a number of fixed penalty tickets issued to motorists parking on the pavement and blocking drives in Crystal Way. Later the same year, a ‘three strikes’ scheme asked residents to report occurrences of illegal or inconsiderate parking to the school and motorists committing a third offence were issued with a parking fine of £30 or £60 and three penalty points.
In an effort to combat the problems, local estate agent CJ Hole recently supplied several local schools with portable ‘Thank you for Parking Safely’ signs that can be placed in the roads by school staff at the beginning and end of the school day.
Related link: Neighbourhood Watch groups in Bradley Stoke
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