'Significant number' of parents under fire for their parking

Reporter:

Owen Evans

THE “INCONSIDERATE” parking of parents close to schools has been slammed.

Cllr Bernie Attridge, Flintshire Council’s cabinet member for environment, said, despite council initiatives, a “significant number” of parents still park in unsafe areas close to schools at drop off and pick up times.

His comments came after Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami called on the council to install more parking spaces close to schools.

Cllr Attridge, who is also deputy leader of the authority, said: “Parking problems around schools during the ‘school run’ at the start and finish of the school day have been a long standing issue across the county, as well as nationally.

“Although many parents have responded positively to initiatives, a significant number persist in parking inconsiderately causing inconvenience to others and safety issues around schools.

"Since assuming responsibility for on-street parking the council’s Civil Parking Enforcement team have been requested to monitor mandatory ‘school keep clear’ makings and will be issuing fixed penalty tickets to motorists contravening these restrictions.

“In addition the county council will be creating 20mph advisory speed limits outside all schools currently not covered by this initiative.”

Cllr Attridge said the council’s road safety unit were working hard to improve problems outside schools.

He said: “The unit works closely with schools to reduce traffic congestion, to encourage and promote walking and cycling to school as a healthier alternative to car usage and to remind parents to avoid inconsiderate parking in the vicinity of school entrances and residential properties.”

“The ‘Safe Routes in Communities’ programme also aims to encourage sustainable and healthy forms of transport to and from schools and reduce carbon dioxide emissions through walking and cycling.”

The Leader reported yesterday Mr Tami branded the lack of parking outside schools in the county as dangerous.

He said: “It is vital we look at the parking facilities around schools.

“It is frustrating for local residents but it is also very dangerous and I am concerned it could lead to a serious incident.”

A number of residents have also voiced serious concerns about parking issues outside schools.

Ian Perry, from Buckley, told the Leader: “I agree that parents need to drive at times, but I see parents park outside the school an hour before the kids come out just to get a space next to the gate and they only live minutes away. People in general have definitely become more reliant on cars, I think we forget how good a walk is.”

Alan Williams, from Connah’s Quay, said: “I agree with Mark Tami about the way people park outside schools.

“They create danger and park on zig zags near crossings, it needs stopping.”

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