‘Zero tolerance’ for Churwell’s dangerous parking
POLICE have promised a zero tolerance approach to illegal parking around primary schools after a concerned parent spoke of her fears that it will take a death before the problem is taken seriously.
Samantha Crowther of Grange Park Drive, Churwell contacted the Morley Observer and Advertiser after seeing a near miss outside her local school involving a small boy who had had to step out into the road because a car was parked on the pavement.
She said: “I am at the end of my tether.
“Someone is going to get run over and is that what it will take for somone to do something?”
“My daughter is nine and she wants to walk to school on her own and that would be fine because it is so near but people park right up to the junction so there is no visibility.”
With another child on the way Mrs Crowther is also concerned that cars blocking driveways and pulling onto the pavement make it impossible to get a pram down there.
She said she has repeatedly called the police about the problem and intends to campaign for yellow lines like the ones painted on one side of Westwood Side near the junction with Elland Road last year.
Mrs Crowther added: “Yellow lines solved the problem at that end of the road but now drivers come down to our end of the street and it is now 10 times worse.”
Mr Summers, the headteacher of Churwell Primary School said: “I do regularly send out reminders in our newsletter about parking with due care and attention for other people, road users and pedestrians.
“I am most concerned about the parking across driveways and across the corners that means children and parents having to go round vehicles and into the road. It is a small minority causing this problem but it is potentially very dangerous.”
Insp Paul Sullivan of the Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Parking problems outside primary schools is one of my priorities at the moment. I will be deploying The Prolaser enforcement camera and have directed staff of a zero tolerance approach.”
PCSOS tackling similar problems at Newlands Primary recently issued three fixed penalty notices to cars that were causing an obstruction.
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