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Plans to ban parents who park illegally outside schools backed in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 05, 2014

By Rich Guttridge

  • Julian Mott

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GOVERNMENT plans to give town halls powers to ban parents from parking near schools have been backed in Burton.

Under the plans, parents caught parking illegally would be hit with a ban and be warned they would face a £100 fine if they chose to ignore it.

The public spaces protection orders are designed to clamp down on any activity which could have a 'detrimental effect on the quality of local life', and could also be issued to people who spit in the street or play ball games in public car parks.

Dangerous parking near schools has been a contentious issue in Burton in recent months, and East Staffordshire Borough Council leader Julian Mott, who is also a member of the authority's Joint Local Parking Committee, believes introducing the orders would make the council better equipped to tackle what he described as a 'serious problem'.

He said parents who flouted parking laws outside schools put children at risk.

Councillor Mott said: "I think that the council should consider the proposed public spaces protection orders if they are introduced.

"Selfish parking outside school gates at the end of the school day is a serious problem, often causing an obstruction and a danger to youngsters."

Earlier this year, parents at Anglesey Primary School were named as the most consistent offenders. Some were branded 'inconsiderate' by the borough council for parking on zig-zag lines.

Dozens of penalty charge notices have also been handed out at Violet Way Academy, in Stapenhill, during the past 12 months.

Councillor Mott said: "The last meeting of the Joint Local Parking Committee heard that many parents had been moved on because they were parking illegally outside school gates at the end of the day. Anything that improves safety and reduces congestion has to be considered."

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  • Adrian Right  |  September 09 2014, 8:24PM

    If 'illegal' why does the law not act.? Dottycat - yes you were left to walk home alone, your 'rant' tells the full story. That is why the 'authorities' are trying to prevent more like you. Guessing 'spinster of the parish' applies.

  • Marlene  |  September 06 2014, 9:33AM

    Not so long ago everybody without exception walked, cycled or school bussed it to school, one of the many ways of life sadly lost on modern life and parents.

  • dottykat  |  September 05 2014, 11:25PM

    Why does everyone expect parents NOT to turn up in their cars when collecting children from school. In the majority of cases the parent collects the child straight from work and in order to get to work on time after dropping the child at school in the morning and to get back to the school on time to collect them without incurring the wrath of their employers then these days its a car or nothing as buses are not only infrequent and unreliable but also very expensive. I am very intrigued by the proposed 'ban', if on one hand the parent is banned from parking... (and who is going to police that I wonder) and on the other hand the school won't release the child until a parent/guardian collects them what happens if the parent doesn't turn up. Why a school feels that they must 'hold on to' children till they can hand them over to a parent or guardian baffles me, at five I was going to and from school (around a mile away) on the bus all by myself and so were all the other children in my class (no I didn't have an older sibling at the school either). We namby pamby children these days for no reason because statistically speaking the majority of crimes against children occur in the home anyway (Interpol : "Crimes against children tend to be local crimes with the vast majority taking place within the home or family circle") outside the home the number of crimes committed today against infant/junior school children remains minimal the very small increase shown statistically being assigned to better reporting. I agree that something needs to be done but why is it that the responsibility is not being placed on the schools to ensure that the parents, whom they insist on being there, are provided with appropriate parking areas. Mothers have to go to work too!

  • Burhan  |  September 05 2014, 9:03AM

    A ban is not the right approach to resolve this issue. Councils need to address this issue through education and awareness, perhaps through schools, newsletters etc. A lot of people who live close to the schools decide to pick their children in their cars - this results in less parking places available for parents living far away from the school. Some European countries promote 'walk to work' whilst discouraging children to use vehicle wherever they can.

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