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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Irresponsible parking ‘putting lives at risk’

CHILDREN’S safety is being put at risk by parents parking irresponsibly at a Whitehaven school, it has been claimed.

By Andrew Clarke

A host of problems has been reported in the vicinity of Jericho Primary, on the busy Hillcrest estate, at school drop-off and pick-up times.

They include motorists parking in front of residents’ driveways and others bumping their cars onto the pavement to park.

Representatives of the school and Cumbria County Council’s highways team have met to try and find a solution to the long-standing problems.

Jericho head Shaun Monaghan has written to parents a number of times to ask them to park more considerately.

He said: “I sympathise with our neighbours who have shown great tolerance, patience and understanding over the inconvenience they have endured.

“My main concern is that through the erratic and often dangerous parking by drivers trying to drop off children as close as possible to Jericho, one of our pupils may suffer a serious injury.

“We will continue to promote better and safer ways to school whilst encouraging walking or cycling to school as part of our Healthy Schools initiative.”

Christine Wharrier, the county councillor for the area, has received a number of complaints from residents over parking issues.

She said: “When you build a school in the middle of a housing estate, these are the types of problems that arise – and there isn’t an easy solution.

“I’m aware of people living near the school who don’t leave their homes at drop-off and pick-up times because they won’t get back on their drives.

“Parents want to drop their child off as close to school as possible, and invariable each child comes in a separate car. And many arrive early to get a good spot.

“My fear is that due to the volume of traffic there, a child will be run over.”

Cumbria County Council’s highways team is due to meet in May to discuss parking at schools. Coun Wharrier has asked for Jericho’s case to be considered.

Have your say

what about the parents who congregate after school chatting on the pavement on Balmoral Road which is wide enough for numerous people, but they block the whole pavement forcing pedestrians onto the road where traffic is horrendous

Posted by Tracey on 9 April 2014 at 18:29

To John

The point i was making, is that not all the drivers will be WOMEN.

I also live right opposite a junior school, and while i do not, the horns honking, we do get a lot of bad parking, and have even blocked people in, as they have stopped me getting into my garage.

Also it's not just parents, we get mini buses and taxi drivers, stopping on the yellow lines, when it clearly says now parking.

Every now and then the council have a purge on bad parking, but then it returns to normal.

I do sympathise with parents to a degree, as they have to take their kids to school, but just drop them off, and then go, rather than standing talking for ages, and consider the residents.

Posted by TracEy on 8 April 2014 at 10:17

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