Parents are asked to Park Safe, Be Safe

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Parents are being urged to stop parking irresponsibly outside a town school.

Kettering Science Academy has had a number of problems with people parking illegally and irresponsibly outside the school, particularly near the primary phase of the school.

School staff have handed out letters urging people to remain safe and be considerate when parking, but parents believe that it is not good enough.

One worried parent, Lorraine Hogg, of Russell Street, said she feels the parking is dangerous, particularly in Ash Road and Oak Road.

She added: “It is dangerous when you get people pulling up on the kerb forcing people on the path to go out in the road.

“My first worry is that emergency services won’t be able to get down the road.”

Lesley Ling, of Lilford Place, has a child in the primary school and she said she has seen one parent park on somebody else’s drive.

Both parents have said parking has improved since the letters were sent out but they can’t see it lasting very long.

Principal Martin Campbell said the number of pupils has increased and, as a result of this, so have the number of cars at school each day.

He said: “The final stage of our redevelopment is due to be finished in March and this will allow parents to drive in and park in the primary phase, which will ease congestion and greatly reduce the need to park in the surrounding streets.”

Police officers are working with schools to improve road safety and have said they will be increasing patrols in this area in the coming weeks to monitor the situation.