Parents warned of danger parking outside Wellingborough school

PCSOs and police officers outside St Barnabas Primary School, Wellingborough
PCSOs and police officers outside St Barnabas Primary School, Wellingborough
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Motorists were warned about illegal parking outside a school by police officers during a crackdown.

Officers spent the afternoon outside St Barnabas School, Wellingborough, after parents and staff became worried about the dangerous parking around the school.

Issues in the area include double-parking, parking on zig-zag markings and driving too fast.

PCSO Chris Asante-Ampaduh was at the school on Thursday with several PCs and PCSOs. He said: “We expect motorists to use their common sense but unfortunately they often don’t.

“This school is in a busy, residential area and the best thing would be for people to park on surrounding streets and walk.

“The school has advised parents through emails and the newsletter but unfortunately that hasn’t worked so we’ve had to come to the school to enforce the law.”

On Thursday’s crackdown, one BMW driver was given a parking enforcement notice for parking on yellow zig-zag lines.

And a taxi driver was warned for driving without a seatbelt.

Other motorists were given advice about safe parking.

The action at St Barnabas was part of a wider campaign throughout February to encourage safer parking at schools in Wellingborough.

The Telegraph has also backed the drive to stamp out illegal parking with its Park Safe, Be Safe campaign focusing on schools across north Northamptonshire.

St Barnabas headteacher Sue Campbell said: “My main concern is for the safety of the children.

“When people park illegally it greatly reduces visibility for pedestrians.

“We have been working closely with the police to try to alleviate the issue.”

Parent Paul Hurst, who has a seven-year-old boy at the school, said: “Parking around the school is not great and it can be very dangerous for the children trying to cross.”

PARK SAFE, BE SAFE

The Northamptonshire Telegraph’s long-running Park Safe, Be Safe campaign aims to highlight the dangers of illegal parking around schools.

If you know of particular problems at schools in your area, tell us about it on 01536 506153 or at nt.newsdesk@northantsnews.co.uk.

Alternatively, send your photos of bad parking to the same address.