I was forced to spend £600 on an extra DRIVE to stop ‘selfish’ parents blocking me for poor parking

A MAN has been furious after being forced to spend £600 on an extra driveway to stop “selfish” parents blocking him with poor parking.

Alan Richardson, 82, and other local residents are fed up with parents disobeying the Highway Code when picking up their children from Manchester’s Cadishead Primary School.

Alan Richardson has spent £600 on an extra driveway


Alan Richardson has spent £600 on an extra drivewayCredit: Nick Jackson/LDRS
Local residents are angry at


Local residents are angry at “selfish” parents blocking them with bad parking spotsCredit: Nick Jackson/LDRS

The problem has gotten so bad that four mobile cameras are to be deployed around local schools to avoid enforcing waiting regulations, which are being broken daily.

And the ongoing problem has even forced Alan to pay for an extra driveway to prevent drivers from blocking access.

Speaking of MEN, Alan said: “There are times when I just can’t get out of the drive because there are so many cars going around. That prompted me to have a driveway made in front of my house which costs £600.”

He said other Manchester residents had converted their front gardens into driveways so they could park.

David and Valerie Greenhalgh, who live opposite the school, said: “It’s crazy the way some people park. They now park on yellow lines so I don’t see that more times will make much of a difference if the restrictions aren’t enforced.”

While others are fed up with the “no waiting” restrictions flouted with often blocked driveways.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service visited the streets in front of the school around 3 p.m. this week.

They saw drivers picking up children parked on existing double yellow lines at the intersection of Allotment Road, Moss Side Road and Prospect Road

Sue Sinnott, 69, said: “It’s ridiculous. People come here and park from 2.15pm just so they can get a suitable spot near the school.

“Some of them live within walking distance from here. It’s madness

“You can see the line of cars stretching all the way to Moss Side Road, some of them parked across people’s driveways.”

But she added the additional restrictions would also cause headaches for local residents, some of whom have two or three cars per household and are already struggling for parking.

Sue said: “But there’s no point in painting yellow lines around the intersections and then not enforcing the regulations.”

Additional yellow double lines are also to be painted at other junctions of the narrow streets around the school.

This follows a briefing from Salford City Council’s senior member for planning and sustainable development, Mike McCusker.

Mr McCusker acknowledged that enforcing parking restrictions around double yellow lines was a “problem”.

He said: “But without double yellow lines and zigzag lines outside the schools, we can’t get anything done.

“We are trialling the cameras and are currently patrolling two schools where there is an issue. But this still takes time [the enforcement action] to have influence.

“The hope is that by issuing parking fines to motorists who break the restrictions, their behavior will change and that word will spread to other parents.

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“This is very much a process. But I get regular reports of accidents in my role and there is a graph showing that over a 10 year period the number of serious injuries and deaths has gone down so it’s going in the right direction.

“Awkward parking near schools can have tragic consequences, even with a 20 mph speed limit.”

Sue Sinnott is also unhappy with parents who consistently break the rules


Sue Sinnott is also unhappy with parents who consistently break the rulesCredit: Nick Jackson/LDRS

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