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Parking issues is a problem for parents

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

Hilton Primary School

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POLICE are set to investigate a multitude of parking complaints raised by parents outside a South Derbyshire school.

Derbyshire Police revealed the force had received several reports related to problems in Peacroft Court, near Hilton Primary School.

Complaints concerning people regularly blocking foothpaths and driveways during school drop-off and pick-up times have forced officers to take a closer look at the situation.

A police spokesman said: “Several residents of Peacroft Court raised issues with parking during school drop-off and pick-up times.

“The residents have people driving on the footpaths and blocking driveways.

“Parents park on other people’s drives and we have also received a report of an ambulance that couldn’t get down the road.

“The road is very narrow and this can make it quite difficult for parents to walk down the footpath.

“Some residents have been sworn at by parents and one resident has asked if there is funding available for assisting with solving this problem.

“Officers in Swadlincote have stated the matter was not just a police issue and we need to look at a joined-up approach.

“It has been raised that the parents can park at the nearby village hall, and could access to Peacroft Court be restricted at dropping-off and picking-up times?

“Resident have also asked the police if they could advise whether it was classed as obstruction if parents were parking on the road opposite driveways which, due to the narrow road, meant the residents couldn’t get off their driveway.”

Officers are currently investigating the problem and working with school bosses and council chiefs in a bid to come up with a solution that appeases both residents and parents.

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