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East Staffordshire school parking woes laid bare in council report

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 12, 2014

08/01/14 Parking outside schools - burton, burton
Frustraition over the parking around St Modwens Primary School in Beloir Rd and Cl in Burton at the times of picking up and dropping off children at the school..Belvoir Cl

08/01/14 Parking outside schools - burton, burton Frustraition over the parking around St Modwens Primary School in Beloir Rd and Cl in Burton at the times of picking up and dropping off children at the school..Belvoir Cl

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A NEW list has detailed the schools in East Staffordshire worst hit by traffic and parking-related problems.

The Joint Staffordshire Parking Board has released a detailed breakdown of the sites visited the most during the past 12 months and the schools where the most penalty charge notices were dished out.

Violet Way Academy, in Violet Way, Stapenhill, was the site visited the most and also the school where the most penalty notices were handed out to parents.

Both sites at de Ferrers Academy were the second most visited in the area and second in terms of notices handed out, but Anglesey Primary, in Clarence Street, was the worst in the area in terms of the number of vehicles moved on by council officials.

In a report by East Staffordshire Borough Council, the board was told: “School visits are now structured into the community and civil enforcement teams daily schedule for both the morning and afternoon school runs, regardless of whether the school has a traffic regulation order or not.

“There are various areas around schools that are abused by inconsiderate drivers with zig-zag lines being the main hotspot areas.

“Without the traffic regulation orders on these areas, council officers are powerless to act and have to rely on requesting the vehicles move to a safer place, which can often be followed by abuse from the driver.

“Only Violet Way Academy and de Ferrers Academy have enforceable traffic regulation orders.

“However, should all zig-zag lines outside all school have orders applied with no observation time, the council officers would be in a more negotiable position to clear the area and make it safer for the children.”

In total, 12 schools across East Staffordshire were visited by council officers during the past 12 months.

The report has highlighted that long-term issues in areas such as Stapenhill and Winshill are continuing to be a problem.

East Staffordshire Borough Council and parish councils have long been working together to try to put an end to the problem. A raft of measures which have included road markings have been put in place to try to combat the issues..

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