Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Pushy parkers put in place!

School safety sorted!

Congratulations must go to Mr. Geoff Seagrove the headmaster of Mortimer Primary School in South Shields. Since children returned to school in September there has been a gradual increase in the amount of motorists attempting to make use of the school's small car park for the morning and afternoon school runs. Some parents still insist on driving children to school, and collecting them, when they only live a few hundred yards away! As a consequence it has become normal to see a backlog of traffic in both directions on Mortimer Road from it's junction with Caldwell Avenue.

These parents, who have forgotten what it is like to walk to school, cannot be bothered to park in the nearby streets and insist on jamming as many vehicles into the school's small car park and leaving them in the most haphazard fashion, worse still, they insist on parking directly in front of the school entrance on this small loop, clearly marked with double yellow lines!

To be fair, the school has tried to point out to parents (using it's regular newsletter) the dangers in parking here, and risks presented to children when trying to enter or exit the building. But has anyone taken notice?

So Mr. Seagrove, on Friday of last week and today, called on the assistance of the local police who parked a marked car across the entrance to the loop, thus preventing cars from using it. Police were on hand to advise parents on how and where to safely park, but today they were on the receiving end of a lot of complaints from frustrated drivers, some complaining of a "heavy handed" approach - why is it that nobody wants to walk more than 15 yards these days?

May I suggest that the school, through it's governors, suggests to the Council that they make use of a private parking management company who will collect fines from those who regularly insist on parking on the double yellow lines, and taking risks with children's lives.

I think this headmaster deserves a little bit of praise and congratulations for the stance he has taken - well done sir!

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