Police have pledged to continue a crackdown on parents who park illegally outside school gates after fines were handed out on the first morning of the new term.
Officers in Castleford issued three tickets to illegal parkers outside the gates of Townville Infants’, Airedale Infants’ and Airedale Junior schools – all on Poplar Avenue – on Tuesday morning. And yesterday Police handed out tickets to two drivers on Wednesday (Sept 5) who had parked illegally outside Three Lane Ends School on Methley Road, Castleford.
Castleford neighbourhood policing team say irresponsible parents put children’s lives at risk by parking on zig-zag markings, double yellow lines and pavements
The police action was welcomed by Townville Infants’ School head Anna Brown.
She said: “Any police support we get is gong to help the school and help parents feel safer about bringing their children to school. I just hope it will make a difference.”
Sgt Paul Coates of Castleford NPT, said: “We had concerns raised to us about drivers parking on zig-zags and pavements in Poplar Avenue before the school holidays.We have have given warnings to drivers there on a number of occasions over the past two years.
“On patrolling the first day on Tuesday, PSCO Ruddlestone saw cars parking in clear violation of the highway codes on zig-zags and also on the pavement, potentially forcing pedestrians on to the road.
“Those drivers were given Fixed Penalty Tickets and officers will continue to monitor the area.”
The police enforcement action was welcomed by a string of residents who posted comments on the Castleford NPT Facebook page. Penny Hampton wrote: “Well done PCSO Ruddlestone. Warnings never work. It is the same problem at every school in the district that parents are too lazy to walk their children to school.
“I know there are exceptions, parents dropping their children off on the way to work etc. Parents need to use their common sense when parking.”