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hibbledibble Tue 23-Jun-15 23:02:26

I live near a school where lots of the parents drive, this is despite the school being in London with excellent public transport links.

The really annoying thing is the inconsiderate and downright dangerous parking. The school is on a narrow road, which is also quite busy.

The parents park on the road opposite the school on double yellow lines, which completely obstructs the road as there is only one lane left on a two way road. Nobody then gives way on the other lane and it becomes gridlocked.

It is also very dangerous for the children as they are emerging between parked cars. The parents also seem to park and drive like lunatics.

I have tried talking to both the school and the council to resolve this, but nothing changes. The school just says they have asked the parking attendants to come, but clearly parking fines do not put off these people.

Aibu to think the school should do more?

CocktailQueen Tue 23-Jun-15 23:05:41

What else can the school do? Some parents park like complete twats at our lower school, too, and the police come round every so often and issue tickets. If the issue is a road one then that's out of the school's remit.

hiddenhome Tue 23-Jun-15 23:06:17

What do you suggest the school does?

One of the parents at ds2's school was abusive towards a home carer the other day. The home carer had just finished visiting someone in the disabled persons bungalow and the parent had blocked her in. The carer politely asked the parent to move her car so she could get to her next call and received a mouthful of abuse and the parent continued taking her kid into school hmm

Fatmomma99 Tue 23-Jun-15 23:06:52

Every school in the country has this issue

BarbarianMum Tue 23-Jun-15 23:07:45

Like what? Not the school's job to enforce traffic and parking laws. Our school spent years sending notes home asking people to be considerate. Things only changed once the highways department put in a lines of double yellow lines and a zebra crossing and the police started enforcing. Even now there are always a handful of people who are simply too special to park properly and walk 59 yards.

JohnCusacksWife Tue 23-Jun-15 23:08:52

We have parking issues around our school. It's raised in every newsletter, weve had the police there on occasion and the head has even gone out and asked people to park considerately (and been sworn at and abused for her trouble). What do you think the school can do?

hibbledibble Tue 23-Jun-15 23:09:41

fatmomma where we live none of the other local schools do. The children all seem to walk to school, or if the parents drive, they park legally.

Iggi999 Tue 23-Jun-15 23:10:33

Well they could send letters home etc but might be ignored. The pupils themselves might be able to up the pressure actually.
I don't know if it is possible to have those jagged lines instead of double yellow - I seem to remember being caught stopped there leads to points on your license which would be more of a deterrent. I would address this to a local councillor too. I don't think the good public transport is the main issue, people can drive to school if they like but need to park safely, further away.

DarkEvilMoon Tue 23-Jun-15 23:11:00

WHat would you suggest they do? <curious>

We are rural and have this problem and also have people hurtling at 40mph in a 30mph limit right past the school. Local pcso come do a crack down periodically but only really has an effect when the are there. Not a lot the school can do, they do send a letter out when it gets really bad but it is ignored as are the double yellows. So solutions could be good to suggest to the pta.

I am going to say that YABU as there is only so much school can do. However, will reconsider that if you can suggest reasonable suggestions as to what they can do.

hibbledibble Tue 23-Jun-15 23:11:05

It's never been raised in the newsletters (I have checked).

Maybe the school could raise the issue with parents?

CocktailQueen Tue 23-Jun-15 23:13:37

In my experience, our school newsletter says every week, parents, do not park in the staff car park, it is only for staff!

And every week it is ignored and parents park in the staff car park (especially the PTA chair!!) fucking annoying

hibbledibble Tue 23-Jun-15 23:13:51

iggi there is lots of legal parking available, but that would require the parents walking a few metres, which they don't seem willing to do hmm

I have heard of schools naming and shaming, and also sending staff out during collection and drop off time. I'm also wondering what else can be done.

JohnCusacksWife Tue 23-Jun-15 23:14:44

News flash! It's the parents who cause the problem!

Iggi999 Tue 23-Jun-15 23:17:06

I really would email your local councillor and let him/her know you are scared for the safety of the Dcs at the school. Ask to have a zebra crossing put in at the worst part and is comes with parking no restrictions. Do you have community police officers? Contact the one for the school area. Can you get anyone else on your side? Local residents who are inconvenienced, perhaps?

Iggi999 Tue 23-Jun-15 23:18:19

What is with my auto correct? "It comes with parking restrictions", that should say.

WorraLiberty Tue 23-Jun-15 23:19:34

Every single school in my borough (London borough) has this issue.

The school used to ask the community police to patrol at drop off and pick up times, but due to cut backs there are hardly any left.

Now and then a traffic warden will appear or a camera car that issues fines, but as soon as they're no longer around everything goes back to normal.

God forbid the lazy fuckers should park 5 minutes down the road.

DarkEvilMoon Tue 23-Jun-15 23:20:15

Sending staff out during collection and drop off time will depending on the school: reduce the number of staff available for monitoring the departure of children to have to be watch into the care of parents/care providers, potentially impact on after school activities, and place more work on already over worked teachers. It can be done but I agree with the statement that it is the parents that cause the problem, also technically out of school hours unless engaged in school linked activities they are not technically school's responsibility although a few schools will take action when students are bringing the school into disrepute in their uniforms on the way home This is something our school has repeatedly dealt with when children are dropped off at school too early and left on school grounds on their own.

DonkeyOaty Tue 23-Jun-15 23:24:42

Upload photos of obvious infrigements like parking on double yellows to your local constabulary facebook/twitter page? Or to YPLAC?

hibbledibble Tue 23-Jun-15 23:25:57

donkey what's yplac?

DonkeyOaty Tue 23-Jun-15 23:29:57

Oh sorry

It's called You Park Like A C*unt. On Facebook and Twitter.

DarkEvilMoon Tue 23-Jun-15 23:32:40

One word of advice, you did that here you would literally be hung out to dry threats, property damage, probably physical assault too; it is a real classy area etc consider this one carefully and decide that if you take this route an you handle any fall out should it happen.

hibbledibble Tue 23-Jun-15 23:35:46

dark are you saying that people would assault anyone who tool a photo of their parking? Really?? Has this happened to you?

I'm wondering where you live (can you pm me?) My area is also pretty deprived, I'm wondering if we live in the same place

reni1 Tue 23-Jun-15 23:48:52

Our school, like seemingly every school in the country has this problem. It has been in the newsletter, on the webpage, there were traffic wardens, teachers telling parents not to, you name it. Some of it works short term, most of it not at all. Short of removing the road I can't see what one might possibly do, but I am eagerly reading in case some school somewhere has worked out what to do.

DarkEvilMoon Wed 24-Jun-15 01:34:11

Nope, it is not the same place. I am very much NOT London based. But yes around here there have been assaults for less, and it is not a deprived area confused just some real classy people. hmm

DarkEvilMoon Wed 24-Jun-15 01:34:17

Nope, it is not the same place. I am very much NOT London based. But yes around here there have been assaults for less, and it is not a deprived area confused just some real classy people. hmm

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