Illegal and dangerous parking outside elementary schools has sparked fears for student safety, outraged parents report.
Local parents with children at St Mark’s Primary School in Southampton are increasingly concerned about the number of cars parked on the sidewalk at drop-off and pick-up times and what this means for safety. of their child.
Families say the ongoing parking is terrible as always, and have called on the school and Freemantle council to take stronger steps to help protect their children.
Claire McClean, the mother of one of the students at the school, said: “While I was taking my daughter to school, things got too busy and I felt very frustrated.
“If a car comes and I don’t hold my daughter’s hand and what happens?”
One mother, Ellie Quick, says that some cars completely block the way into the school when they park, and even drive on the sidewalk when their kids are out of school.
Ellie said: “We’ve noticed illegal parking outside and around all the time. It’s been going on for years.
People should not drive on the sidewalk and block it. “
They believe that cameras and hats should be installed to prevent cars from going down the street outside of school, to protect their children as they start and finish school.
James Racheter, whose child attends St Mark’s, said he was growing increasingly worried as the parking situation worsened.
He told Daily Echo: “I hate it with passion. I’m starting to have a little interest in this path.
“I think blocking the way like they do at Freemantle would be a good idea.
James said the school should get more volunteers and put up a temporary fence to block the street entrance during pick-up and drop-off times.
He added: “I think there will be a little adjustment for the residents as well as they will experience a lot more people around.”
Local councilors said they were doing their best to resolve the issue as concerns continued to mount.
Freemantle ward councilor Steve Leggett said there are conflicts with local businesses so it’s not simply closing, they have a number of options to consider.
“There are a lot of independent local businesses concentrated in this area, and we have a conflict between cars parked on the sidewalk and obstructing pedestrians, so we are starting a new one,” he said. campaign to improve safety.
“With the opening of the new St Mark’s Primary School last week and the sports arena and secondary school opening later this year, Freemantle councilors have successfully raised more than £500,000 invest more in measures to improve road safety in and around this same area.”
Meanwhile, Councilor Jeremy Moulton, Deputy Leader of Southampton City Council and Cabinet Member for Growth, said he was working to install more crossings to help struggling pupils. Traveling on busy streets becomes safer.
“We are aware of the pressure on parking in the area and we are actively working with St Mark’s and the local community, as part of the school expansion, to develop options,” he said. choose to make it easier and safer for parents and children to travel to and from school.
“So far, we have provided two new intersections on Shirley Road near Dyer Road and on Howard Road near Stafford Road.
“We have also installed five new continuous junctions at the junctions on Shirley Road and Howard Road. Work on these junctions will be completed by March 2022, when a printout is available. structure will be installed.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8230813/scared-kids-safety-school-cars-are-parking-illegally/ I fear for the safety of my children at school because cars are illegally parked outside and blocking the sidewalk