Park Safe Be Safe - Police action on school parking

Corby Danesholme School's police crackdown on parents parking in street.'16/01/12
Corby Danesholme School's police crackdown on parents parking in street.'16/01/12

Police took action to stop drivers parking irresponsibly outside a school after parents said they feared for pupils’ safety.

Officers were outside Danesholme infants and junior schools, in Motala Close, Corby, yesterday, talking to parents to raise awareness of the danger some motorists are causing.

Parents say drivers park on double yellow lines and in residents’ spaces while they drop off and pick up their children.

PC Rod MacKenzie, of Corby Safer Community Team, said: “The initiative yesterday came about because residents and parents have raised parking issues around the school as a concern to them in the past few weeks. The aim of being at the school was two-fold – to raise awareness and educate people about the very real dangers of illegal parking and to use enforcement where necessary.”

PC MacKenzie said illegal parking can be an issue outside other schools in Corby.

He said: “We will be running similar initiatives across the town in the coming months, so we are telling drivers who park illegally to beware.”

Julie Wileman, of Bede Close, on the Danesholme estate, said she has been complaining about illegal parking for years.

She said: “Last year a pupil was hit by a car and injured.

“I’ve complained to the school and to the council about this. People come to pick their children up from school and literally park anywhere they can squeeze their car in.

“It’s dangerous and it’s not fair on residents in the area who have their parking spaces taken.

“I’m delighted the police have taken this initiative and I hope people take heed.”

Elizabeth Milne, who lives on the Oakley Vale estate, Corby, has a child at the junior school and one at the infants. She said: “The way some people park creates a real safety risk. Children are coming out of the schools and the road is jammed with cars.

“The problem would be solved if they created a second school entrance at the back of the schools.”

Rebecca Elrick, of Finland Way, Corby, said: “Cars are parked everywhere outside the schools. Drivers ignore the double yellow lines and even park on grass verges.

“It creates congestion and it is a safety hazard. I hope the crackdown by police does some good and that drivers park more responsibly.”