BATTLING parents WON a school parking row after locals set up “outdoor seating barriers” to prevent them from dropping children onto their streets.
The parking wars have flared up when council chiefs decided to close the drop-off area used by parents at the busy school – and angry locals have been managing their estate in Bridgend, South Wales.
Angry parents are forced to park their cars in nearby streets – including Lon Derw with a double yellow line around it – causing traffic chaos on the way to school every morning.
And neighbors who live across the street, a few meters from the 200-student primary school, decided to hit back by sitting on deckchairs and garden chairs across their street.
Residents have implemented a human leash to prevent parents from using their street during rush hour school runs.
But officials have now decided to reopen the drop-off area at Brynmenyn Primary School in Bridgend, South Wales.
Now, parents will be able to let their kids go with ease – and angry locals won’t let parents use their streets as often.
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It came after police were called to the street when an angry resident charged at father-of-two Dwayne Roberts as he was parking his van.
Mr. Roberts, 33, said: ‘I clean windows on this property so I have my van to go straight to work after dropping the boys off.
“As I got out of the car, this guy started running straight at me and started blinding me, calling me a naughty bitch and everything.
“I gently put my hand on his arm to try to calm him down. But he punched me hard in the arm and scolded me more.”
Two police cars with four officers showed up to ease tensions following the January incident.
Nikita Jones, 24, who joined the barricade, said: “We no longer force parents to use our street as a shuttle and parking area. It’s very dangerous.
“There’s not enough room for them to safely turn around in the compound, it’s a dangerous place so parents can’t drive through it.
“They have to turn around, and in doing so they almost hit pedestrians, including children, block driveways, hit fences and generally be a nuisance.”
At the time, Jessica Upham, a resident, said: “All the driveways are congested, we can’t get to a road from them.
“There was a near miss when children walked to and from school.
“People have parked in our driveway, all the grass has been uprooted, they have damaged cars, fences, sewers have all been removed.
“People can’t walk on the sidewalk with babies and street vendors.”
Bridgend County Council decided to close the drop-off area in December due to safety concerns.
Council says it will reopen the drop-off area only after the February midterm break – to the delight of both parents and locals.
Approved users will need to complete the registration process, which will be explained separately to parents and carers by the school.
Additional measures have now been added by the council including speed buffers, a 5 km/h speed limit on school grounds and a ban on backing up.
Cllr Charles Smith, of the BCBC, said: “These updated arrangements will be closely monitored and, if the risks become too great, local authorities will not hesitate to introduce further restrictions.
“This situation is not easy to manage, and student safety remains our number one priority, a priority that rightly takes precedence over all other considerations.
“I know that schools will be grateful for the support of parents and carers in this matter, and I ask everyone arriving by car to make sure they drive safely, taking note. other road users and follow any instructions. from employees and officers, and treat them and others with respect. “
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8415443/parents-win-school-parking-row-locals-barricade-deckchairs/ Parents win parking rows at school after locals set up ‘outdoor seating barriers’ to prevent them from dropping children onto the street