New row flares at school as parents say ‘bollards’ to safer parking measures

Residents of Makendon Street are fed up with inconsiderate parking by parents with children at St Aloysius School.
Residents of Makendon Street are fed up with inconsiderate parking by parents with children at St Aloysius School.

Parents have been urged to park more responsibly after a safety row at a school in South Tyneside.

Residents in Makendon Street, Hebburn, have told of the daily battle they face with problem parking by parents picking up children from the nearby St Aloysius RC School.

Pupils at the school lay in a zig-zag formation in February as part of a campaign for safer parking.

Pupils at the school lay in a zig-zag formation in February as part of a campaign for safer parking.

Bollards were recently installed in the cul-de-sac in a bid to stop parking on the pavements, but some drivers are simply ignoring them.

The school has itself made a number of appeals to parents to park more responsibly.

The Gazette revealed in February that pupils had been photographed lying in a zig-zag formation on the road outside the school as part of a campaign for safer parking.

It appears the appeals may have fallen on deaf ears.

It’s absolutely ridiculous that they’re ignoring the bollards and the reason that they’re there

Sylvia Dadd

Sylvia Dadd, who lives in Makendon Street with husband Alex, said: “It’s absolutely ridiculous that they’re ignoring the bollards and the reason that they’re there.

“People are parking between bollards, on yellow lines and causing massive obstructions.

“I’ve only lived here for 14 months, but this has caused me so much anxiety over that time. The school does things to highlight the problem, but the parents seem to be ignoring them.”

Mrs Dadd added: “I’ve had people parking in my front garden and the land at the side of my house.

“I’m so grateful to Trevor Mackie at the council, as well as community police officer Nicola Bute and Councillor Adam Ellison, for their help in ensuring the bollards were put up.

“But the parents are still parking between them.”

St Aloysius headteacher Nick Conway said: “We are sympathetic to the residents over this issue.

“We work with the council and parents, and do a large amount in a bid to improve this matter. We ask parents to park responsibly.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “We are committed to improving road safety around our schools.

“Parking restrictions and keep clear zones are in place outside schools and these are regularly enforced by our civil enforcement team and our CCTV car. We recognise that inappropriate parking at schools can become an issue at drop-off and pick-up times.

“We would urge parents to park in a responsible manner and to be aware of the disruption that inconsiderate parking can cause.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and will take action against those found to be in breach of the parking restrictions.”