Tensions rising in school parking row

Residents in South Park are fed up of parents parking inconsiderately outside their homes for Lytham Hall Park Primary School

Residents in South Park are fed up of parents parking inconsiderately outside their homes for Lytham Hall Park Primary School

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NEIGHBOURS have hit out at a Fylde school for failing to tackle crippling parking problems.

People living close to Lytham Hall Park Primary School say the parking situation is diabolical – and tension with parents is threatening to boil over.

The school is due to expand next year, but residents on South Park claim their lives are already being made a misery by inconsiderate parking, while parents have complained to the school they struggle to find space and have been “harassed” by residents.

Ian Burley, who lives on South Park, said: “The other day when I came home I couldn’t get on my drive without going on my garden.

“We are concerned about the safety of residents and the children, and if anything happened emergency vehicles would not be able to access the houses at certain times of day.”

The school has planning permission to expand to two-form entry and residents fear their concerns will not be addressed until a serious accident occurs.

Janet Robinson, who also lives on South Park, added: “Nobody is working together.

“A school doubling in size is extreme on an estate with only one entrance and exit.”

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And, during a meeting at the school last week, parents complained about harassment and difficulty parking.

The minutes of the school development planning meeting, attended by the headteacher Carolyn Vickers, parents and governors, state parents have had “problems” with some residents and “relationships with residents appear to be breaking down”.

It was suggested the issue be raised between the two parties at one of the area’s PACT meetings – something the residents are keen to see.

Mr Burley added: “All we want is consideration – we are not out to cause trouble.”

The residents are being supported by ward councillor Ken Hopwood, who wants to find alternative land to use as a school drop off point.

Lancashire County Council said it is working with parents to minimise problems.

County Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re aware of parents and residents’ concerns and are liaising with them.

“We’re working with the police and civil enforcement officers and they are speaking to drivers to encourage them to park sensibly around the school.

“We’re supporting the school to help them to adapt their existing school travel plan to take account of the changing situation. In addition, we’re also developing some highways improvements in line with those proposed in the planning application.”

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