Selfish parents’ parking ‘putting children’s lives at risk’ outside school

Issues over parking around Underhill Road Cleadon. Coun Jeff Milburn
Issues over parking around Underhill Road Cleadon. Coun Jeff Milburn

Parents are being warned they could be putting a child’s life at risk by “inconsiderate” parking outside a South Tyneside school.

Coun Jeff Milburn says a long-running issue over parking during morning drop-offs and tea-time pick- ups in Cleadon will result in a youngster being hurt, or worse.

This can pose a serious risk to the safety of pedestrians

Coun Jeff Milburn

He fears it is only a matter of time before there is an accident and says drivers are double parking at times in streets around Cleadon Village C of E Academy in Boldon Lane.

His warning is being echoed by the school, which says it will be sending letters out to parents to remind them of their responsibility.

Coun Milburn, who represents Cleadon and East Boldon, said: “It is a fact that if you buy a house near to a school there are going to be certain times of the day when roads around the school will become busy.

“However, we all need to work together on this.

“I have had residents coming to me, telling me about motorists double parking and at times blocking driveways. This is unacceptable and can pose a serious risk to the safety of pedestrians.

“I have been in contact with the school and letters will be sent out encouraging people to be more responsible with their parking. Traffic wardens and the police have also been informed.

“We need everyone to work together on this issue to ensure an amicable agreement is reached.”

Head teacher Jayn Gray said: “This is a long-standing issue which is a problem a lot of schools suffer from.

“We regularly send out letters to remind parents to be more considerate when parking and we are in the process of sending out another letter.

“We also have an excellent community police 
officer who speaks to parents.

“We also have an arrangement with the Toby Carvery to allow parents to park in the pub car park free of charge during the school drop-off and pick-up times.

“We have every sympathy with the residents and we do try very hard in looking at ways to try to prevent the problem, but ultimately the responsibility lies with the parents.”

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at 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.

“Inappropriate parking at schools can become an issue at drop-off and pick-up times.

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

A police spokesman said:” We recognise inconsiderate parking can cause problems for other road users, pedestrians and local residents and work closely with our partners to ensure our roads are safe for everyone who uses them.”