Parents warned over poor parking at West Walton Primary School
Parents parking illegally outside a Fenland school face being fined after a day of action.
Councillor Sandra Squire, Norfolk County Councillor for West Walton, helped spearhead the day which aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of parents parking on yellow zig-zag lines outside the village school.
Local police engagement officer PC Lee Anderton joined Coun Squire and others outside the school on Thursday afternoon to highlight the risks posed to children by poor parking.
She said: "Parking is a real issue outside many schools and West Walton is no different. Parents are parking on the yellow zig-zags and there have been a number of near misses including children nearly being run over. It is only a matter of time before a child is hurt.
"The school has its own parking patrol where pupils have gone out to speak to parents about their parking, but it has had little effect.
"We have tried the nice, carrot approach, now it is time to get serious. Strangely on Thursday with a police officer in hi-vis standing in the road most parents managed to not park on the zig-zags.
"There were one or two cars that pulled up and the drivers unbuckled, but they quickly re-buckled up and moved off when the police officer took steps in their direction.
"We understand parents have to drive to collect their children if they are working, but there is no excuse for poor parking. It is simple enough to park further up the road and walk. I'm sure the staff would rather a parent was a little late and parked safely than bang on time and dangerously parked.
"One mother told us she had a pass to park in a special pull-off reserved for those who need to park close to the school, but she is scared to use it because the way others park makes it impossible to see to safely pull-out and she has had near misses with other cars.
"It beggars belief how some parents are prepared to risk children's safety, simply so they can park close to the school. Thursday afternoon we spoke to parents and they have been warned they will be fined in future.
"The police plan to carry out regular checks. They will use an unmarked police car and the first drivers will know they have been caught is when they get a £50 fine in the post. We are also putting in for a traffic order which will enable West Norfolk Borough Council officers can come out and issue tickets too.
"Parents should take note - they have been warned - poor parking is not acceptable and won't be tolerated in the future."
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