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School parking problems force police to take action

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 08, 2014

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EXTRA patrols will be seen at schools across South Derbyshire as part of a crackdown on problematic parking.

Complaints regularly flood in to Derbyshire Police from homeowners and irate parents due to issues when children are dropped off or picked up at sites across the area.

Now, in a bid to get a handle on the issue, more officers will be out and about during the peak times.

A spokesman for the force said: “In terms of parking at schools, patrols will be carried out at dropping off and picking up times.”

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

One of the most problematic areas is in Peacroft Court, near Hilton Primary School.

A police spokesman said: “Several residents of Peacroft Court raised issues over 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 which 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.

“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?

“Residents 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.”

Patrols had already been stepped up outside Linton Primary School, in Main Street, following complaints by parents.

Two fixed penalty notices have been issued and warnings have also been handed out to people parking in the wrong place during school drop-off and pick-up times.

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