Bad school parking ‘could be fatal’

Traffic chaos at Irchester Primary school has been highlighted by councillors Tim Maguire (left) and Richard Elliott, with schools road saftey officer Alison Price.
Traffic chaos at Irchester Primary school has been highlighted by councillors Tim Maguire (left) and Richard Elliott, with schools road saftey officer Alison Price.

Parents have been urged to think when parking outside schools after cars blocked an ambulance during the school run.

Cllr Tim Maguire said he was called by Irchester medical centre after an ambulance could not get past cars parked near Irchester Primary School, in School Lane, when responding to an emergency call.

Cllr Maguire said: “The incident happened a couple of weeks ago.

“I had a call from the medical centre in School Road, saying an ambulance could not get through when it was called out to attend to a boy who had stopped breathing.

“It could have been a lot worse and it could have been fatal.

“Also, I am worried that the parking could cause a child, or an adult, to get hurt outside the school and I don’t want that to happen. Nobody wants that to happen.

“Some people should be more courteous with their parking, as we don’t want people to get hurt.

“I understand people want to pick up or drop off their child but there are plenty of other places people can park without being dangerous.”

Cllr Maguire, who represents the Irchester ward on Wellingborough Council, said he had gone down to the school after the incident and couldn’t believe his eyes at some of the poor parking he witnessed.

He said that the school is working hard to try to tackle the issue by handing out letters and having its own road safety officer, but he is hoping to publicise the issue more widely.

He said he hopes to work with the school to tackle the problem.