Police act on ‘dangerous’ parking outside Leeds school

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Police launched a clampdown on dangerous and inconsiderate parking outside a Leeds school amid claims some residents feel intimidated by verbally abusive parents.

Officers handed out £30 fixed penalty fines last week to drivers caught parking illegally outside Churwell Primary School on Westwood Side, Churwell near Morley.

The action was launched after a string of complaints from parents and residents about some parents parking on school zig-zag lines, on double yellow lines and on keep clear lines.

One nearby resident, who didn’t want to be named, said: “It’s a very big problem. We have got to make sure we are home for 3pm every day so we can get our car up our own drive. It is just inconsiderate parents.

“People have sworn at us. We feel intimidate sometimes. You daren’t go out and say anything because you just get a load of abuse.”

Carol Allen was picking her 11-year-old daughter up from the school yesterday afternoon.

Mrs Allen, 51, said: “It’s horrendous. It’s a wonder there isn’t an accident. It’s inconsiderate and they are ignorant. They think the laws don’t apply to them.

“A lot of them are very argumentative and they can be quite nasty and they will give verbal abuse. I have heard it, they have not said it to me.”

Mike Graham, 70 and his wife Kath, 65, drop off and collect their two grandchildren from the school.

Mr Graham said: “People will park on the keep clear white lines and its difficult getting round them.”

Mrs Graham said: “It’s just ridiculous the way they park their cars. There’s no consideration.”

Kevin Tweedy, who collects his six-year-old grand-daughter up from school, said: “You see it all the time. They park on corners and park in front of drives. It’s obviously a problem.”

Inspector Paul Sullivan, who heads the Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Dangerous and inconsiderate parking outside schools can ultimately put children’s lives at risk. It is an issue that parents and local residents regularly highlight to us and it is something we are very keen to address.

“Poor parking increases congestion and reduces visibility potentially putting children in danger.

“This is just not acceptable and we have to get the message through to drivers.

“I would ask parents to avoid the immediate area outside of the school when dropping their children and park a little further away to make it safer for everyone.”

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