We hate “brain dead” school-age parents blocking our driveways – the confrontations are vicious and lives are at stake

RESIDENTS have blown up “selfish” and “brain dead” motorists who are making life difficult by blocking driveways and parking on double yellow lines near a school.

They claim disregard for waiting restrictions has led to “chaotic” and “dangerous” scenes when people drop off and pick up their children.

Local residents blasted motorists blocking their driveway

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Local residents blasted motorists blocking their drivewayCredit: STEVE ALLEN
Natalie Machell said drivers were'ignorant' and'selfish'

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Natalie Machell said drivers were ‘ignorant’ and ‘selfish’Credit: STEVE ALLEN
Mark Fitzgerald once had someone who actually parked in his driveway

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Mark Fitzgerald once had someone who actually parked in his drivewayCredit: STEVE ALLEN
A no-parking warning chain was attached to a driveway

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A no-parking warning chain was attached to a drivewayCredit: STEVE ALLEN

Angry confrontations between local residents and unscrupulous motorists are the order of the day as vehicles fight for parking on the narrow streets outside Cadishead Primary School in Salford, Greater Manchester.

It has become such a sensitive issue that council leaders have been forced to step up parking restrictions and enforcement action.

However, residents claim the measures “will make little difference” and motorists will continue to break regulations.

Natalie Machell, 50, is one of several residents who have been forced to convert their front yards into driveways to make room for their vehicles.

But she says her driveway is often blocked by “ignorant” and “selfish” drivers, while others simply ignore no-parking rules on nearby streets.

“One woman really got abusive,” Natalie said.

“She had just dropped her children off at the school down the road.

“So I went over and told her it was restricted parking.

“She just looked at me and said, ‘You what? You stupid bloody cow.”

Natalie, who has lived in the area since 2004, said the problem “has gotten worse over time” and parking attendants are struggling to stop vehicles parked on zigzag yellow lines and double yellow lines outside the school.

“One day I heard a huge noise on the road and a traffic cop was being terribly verbally abused by someone who was parked on a double yellow,” she said.

“I thought the driver was going to hit him.”

She added that the parking problem is becoming “dangerous” as children have to avoid vehicles entering and exiting the school.

John Yates, 75, said he paid £4,000 to have a driveway installed at his home to avoid parking problems.

“It’s a nightmare,” he said.

“It’s chaos every day. The people who do this are just brain dead.

“My daughter, who lives here, is always blocked when she wants to drive away in her car.

“It got so bad that my wife even went to school to complain.

“But traffic cops who come by don’t do anything, they just tell drivers to move on.”

Echoing the sentiments of other local residents, he said tightening parking restrictions would “make little difference to reckless drivers” and would only give local residents “more headaches”.

He added that one of his neighbors, who is in her 90s and still drives, is “terrified” to drive around school drop-off and pick-up times for fear of not being able to park in front of her own house and must leave it “too far away” and go home.

Mark Fitzgerald, 49, is another resident whose driveway is regularly blocked, although he says it “worries him less” because he no longer has a car.

He said: “People just ignore the no parking signs.

“I even had someone park in my driveway once, so I had to put a chain across.”

Police officer Mark, 49, said he started an initiative at the school to stop nearby parking.

“We put the kids in hi-vis jackets and they went around asking people to park somewhere else.

“We did it for about four or five years and it really worked, but we had to stop because of concerns for the kids’ safety.”

A pickup around 3pm on Friday showed several cars parked on double yellow lines near the school.

Other vehicles parked on yellow zigzag lines just outside the school gate, one car even parked on the sidewalk, causing obstruction for pedestrians.

A car waited by blocking a resident’s driveway, although the driver insisted it was “an isolated incident”.

Other motorists hit back at residents’ claims, insisting they were “considerate” parkers.

Margaret Helps, 54, who was waiting to pick up her nine-year-old granddaughter, said: “Unfortunately there are people who just ignore parking restrictions.

“I don’t think more traffic cops will make a difference.

“Some people just pay the fines instead of parking elsewhere.”

Dawn Eden, 50, who drove to pick up her nine-year-old son, said: “I hate people blocking driveways.

“I always try to park in places that are okay with local residents and be respectful.

“It won’t make any difference putting more yellow lines if there were more efficient parking attendants to help.”

Demi Binton, 27, said she used to take her six-year-old son Logan to school earlier, but now she’s energized by starting work earlier.

“He starts school at 8.50am and I start work at 9pm so I have to use the car.

“If I could park elsewhere, in a lot farther away, I would, but I’m always pressed for time.”

She added: “Parking is a problem in all schools, not just this one.”

Sinead Lee, 31, who walks her child to and from school, accused residents of “pettiness”.

“If you’re just picking up or dropping off for five minutes, that’s not a problem,” she said.

“I think it’s worse in the morning when people are going to work and there are more cars.”

Fellow mum Jane Ashley, 36, added: “I don’t see parking as a big issue.

“There are more important things to take care of.”

Salford Council is planning more double yellow lines on secondary roads near the school, additional patrols and the use of mobile cameras to enforce no waiting regulations.

Councilor Mike McCusker, the Council’s lead member for planning and sustainable development, admitted enforcement of parking restrictions was a “problem” but the measures needed time “to have an impact”.

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He said: “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.”

Coun McCusker added that bad parking near schools “can have tragic consequences”.

Demi Binton, Jane Ashley and Sinead Lee suggested that there should be more efficient parking attendants

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Demi Binton, Jane Ashley and Sinead Lee suggested that there should be more efficient parking attendantsCredit: STEVE ALLEN
John Yates said every day is chaos

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John Yates said every day is chaosCredit: STEVE ALLEN

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