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Residents’ anger over parking outside Holgate primary school
A SURGE in the number of parents dropping off and picking up their children at a York primary school has turned the street into a “battlefield” according to nearby residents.
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC School in Holgate opened last month following the merger of Our Lady’s and English Martyrs, which was demolished to make way for the new school.
However, the increase in pupil numbers is causing problems for residents, who say parents are parking illegally, driving onto grass verges and effectively turning Hamilton Drive into a one-way street.
Annette Cooper, 61, said: “I am sick of trying to get over the road. They are parking down each side of the road on the yellow lines. It’s backing up way past West Bank Park.
“This morning I couldn’t get across the road again and nobody will let you cross. It’s almost turned the road into a one-way street because of cars parked on each side of the road.
“I’m worried about a child getting knocked down,” she said.
Another local resident, Don Tyson, 72, said: “It’s a battlefield. They seem to get there really early to get a prime spot.”
“When they knock the other part of the building down I’m hoping they include some kind of drop-off point where you can drive in and back out.”
Coun Janet Looker, City of York Council’s head of Education, Children and Young People’s Services, said she had not been made aware of the problem at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, but said parking around primary schools was “a nightmare” and said she would see what could be done about the situation in Hamilton Drive.
Head teacher Derek Sutherland said he understood the anger of local residents, but said the spring term was “always going to be difficult”.
He said: “It’s been a little bit more difficult with roadworks taking place nearby at the moment. Our staff don’t have a car park either at the moment so they are parking on the road. Our new one will open in May.”
He said staff were out every morning reminding parents of the school’s guidelines on parking and he also said local residents should contact the authorities or police if people parked illegally.