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."