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CLOGGED ROADS: School drivers under fire once again

CLOGGED ROADS: School drivers under fire once again

Pictured are Year 5 pupils Ethan and Sylvie, both aged 9, with the new signs, Image: LDRS

Parents who drive 150 yards to drop off youngsters at school in 4x4s have come under more fire in Stockton. 

Two reviews have looked to solve rush hour jams across Stockton in recent years.

But roads still become clogged outside many schools at drop off and pick up times.

Councillors vented more frustration at drivers at the latest executive scrutiny committee.

Billingham councillor Barry Woodhouse said there had been particular problems when he’d been picking up his grandchildren at Fairfield Primary School.

He said: “It’s horrendous.

“People for some reason even park in the school yard there. I’ve had altercations with one or two of them who’ve driven into the staff area to park.

“I’ve never known in all my time as a councillor such selfish, narrow-minded, and unsafe people who take kids to school in cars. They’re 150 yards away and drive to school in a 4×4.

“Maybe we need to beef up enforcement around there if we can. I know we did in the past.”

Metal and plastic models of school children have been used in a bid to ease parking woes at Whitehouse Primary School, in Elm Tree, and at William Cassidi C of E Primary School, in Stillington.

Limited numbers of enforcement officers at the council have been cited in the past as a reason for tighter measures being impractical at some schools.

Earlier, the Labour veteran also cast ire on homeowners who “filled garages full of rubbish” or converted them when cars were parked on streets.

“Three or four cars come to the households, and they park them on the kerbs, on the grass or anywhere else they can find,” added Cllr Woodhouse.

Chairwoman Cllr Sylvia Walmsley suggested another review.

But Clr Pauline Beall didn’t like the idea of yet another probe.

“We could go around the whole of the borough and do a review of every school,” she said.

“No borough in the whole of the United Kingdom has found the answer – and I don’t think we ever will.

“I personally don’t think having another scrutiny review is going to solve it.”

Cllr Beall suggested the government should come up with a solution.

“But I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one either,” she added.

Pedestrianising areas outside schools has also been touted as a possible solution to school parking woes.

Cllr Barbara Inman, member for Roseworth, also picked up children from Fairfield – but told the committee there were worse examples elsewhere in the borough.

“If you think Fairfield is bad, I can give you a list as long as my arm where school parking is much worse,” she added.

“I’ll be there this afternoon 15 minutes early so I can get parked.

“It is disgraceful – but compared to others it isn’t bad at all.”

Grangefield councillor Carol Clark said one resident had been threatened with violence when his drive in Hartburn was blocked.

“It’s never ending,” she added.

Rounding off the debate, Conservative councillor Lynn Hall said it was all “blah, blah, blah”.

She added: “It’s quite interesting three colleagues from further afield are coming to the leafy suburbs of Fairfield and Hartburn travelling some distance to pick up grandchildren – and that’s the problem.

“They’re coming from further afield with the children to collect their children.

“It’s not a national problem in that each school is unique and different. They all have a problem but they can all have different solutions.

“It’s an extremely local thing – and unfortunately for Fairfield and Hartburn there are two very popular outstanding schools attracting pupils from across the borough.”

 

Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter


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