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Illegal parking leads to patrols outside schools

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

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DOZENS of inconsiderate parents have been fined for parking illegally outside Burton schools and blocking driveways, the Mail can reveal.

Traffic enforcement patrols outside schools in the town have been stepped up after frequent complaints from residents and pedestrians.

Figures from East Staffordshire Borough Council show nine penalty notices were issued in seven patrols outside Violet Way Academy, in Stapenhill, during the last three months of 2013.

Officers also issued 14 fines in 11 patrols to drivers outside The de Ferrers Academy campuses in Harehdge Lane and St Mary’s Drive.

Helen Coulthard is the head teacher of Anglesey Primary School, where five penalty notices were handed out in a single patrol.

She said: “The safety of our pupils is always our first concern.

“We hope that our parents do not park illegally and welcome any support that reminds people it is dangerous and can endanger the lives of children.

“It is also unfair to local residents around the school.

“We regularly remind parents to park legally and responsibly.”

Mrs Coulthard said the school took part in the speed reduction campaign ‘20s plenty’ last Christmas and work with PCSOs to tackle illegal parking.

She said: “Our school was built long before most people had cars and was not designed for easy parking, but we do not support illegal parking.

“Anglesey is a very big school and the great majority of parents walk to and from school responsibly.”

She added that the school carries out road safety training with its pupils every year.

A spokesman for the borough council told the Mail: “The de Ferrers and Violet Way are patrolled more often than any other school due to frequent complaints received from residents regarding the parking outside of both schools and also adjacent streets.

“Residents are concerned that they cannot get out of their drives at school times due to vehicles blocking their access.”

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