Plea to parents over parking near Layton school

The headteacher at Layton Primary School has appealed to parents to park legally and more considerately.

Sunday, 20th May 2018, 12:02 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th May 2018, 12:06 pm
Parking close to Layton Primary School

Jonathan Clucas spoke after two cars were pictured parked fully on the pavement close to yellow zig-zag lines in Eastwood Avenue.

The lines mean parking or waiting is prohibited – and could see motorists who do stop there fined.

Mr Clucas (inset) said: “This is a problem we are persistently aware of. We had the parking wardens out lastweek, on more than one occasion, and they will continue to circulate.”

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He said ‘difficulty arises’ because the wardens need to patrol three streets used by parents: Eastwood Avenue, Lynwood Avenue, and Meyley Avenue.

“As such, we will continue to ask [senior teachers] to keep an eye out along with our excellent, eagle-eyed site supervisor.”

The woman who took the picture said she was forced on to the road as she dropped her six-year-old grandson off at school on Thursday.

Parents were set to be reminded about considerate parking in a newsletter, but Mr Clucas stressed that ‘the vast majority are thoughtful and considerate’.

As well as facing fines by parking on yellow zig-zags, drivers could also be punished for parking on the pavement, under plans unveiled by Blackpool Council last month. Since 1974, it has been illegal to park on the pavement in London, but not elsewhere in the country.

Campaigner Carole Holmes, of Balham Avenue, South Shore, says she has often had to walk on the road with her guide dog due to pavements being blocked by vehicles, while bruises suffered from wing mirrors is a regular hazard. She said: “I can walk round London without any problems because it is the law there not to park on the pavement. But here it is a real problem.”