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Crackdown on parking outside York school
PARKING restrictions to stop parents problem parking near a York primary school have been welcomed by a local councillor.
Holgate Ward Councillor Joe Riches said: “This is an important step forward in ensuring the area is safe for school children, parents, staff and local residents and that traffic can flow efficiently.
“I’m pleased to see a ‘no stopping order’ for the beginning and end of the school day has been agreed for opposite the pupil entrance, meaning proper enforcement can be undertaken if drivers persist in parking opposite the school”.
The Press reported earlier this year that after the new school opened in January, following the merger of Our Lady’s and English Martyrs, the increase in pupil numbers caused problems for residents who said parents were parking illegally, driving on to grass verges and effectively turning Hamilton Drive into a one-way street.
Local resident Don Tyson, 72, said: “It’s a battlefield. They seem to get there really early to get a prime spot.”
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 and our staff don’t have a car park 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.