Parking is still an issue despite drop in tickets

Cars outside South End infants and junior schools
Cars outside South End infants and junior schools
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The number of parking tickets issued outside schools in our area has fallen by more than half this year, despite schools saying they have seen no reduction in dangerous parking.

Figures show only 181 penalty notices were issued by the county council on streets which contain schools in 2012-13, compared to 419 in 2011-12.

The figures do not account for all parking tickets issued outside schools in the north of the county because Northamptonshire Police, which is responsible for the Kettering area, could not give details of individual streets where tickets are given out.

The number of tickets in Saffron Road, outside Higham Junior School, was the highest in the area with 167 issued over five years. However, the number dropped from 48 in 2011-12, to 15 in 2012-13.

School business manager Jo Longland said: “I think it’s just as bad as before. It’s dangerous because people park on the path and the zebra crossing.

“I know it’s not likely but if we could have somebody here every day during drop-off and pick-up times, I’m sure it will help get the message out.”

Between the same period the number of tickets issued in Great Park Street, Wellingborough, outside Park Junior School, fell from 24 to 14. Headteacher David Tebutt said: “I don’t think it has improved in that time so I’m not sure why it has dropped.”

Mr Tebbutt added that a visible presence would be a great help for the school.

Business manager at South End Junior school, Rushden Jo Simmons said there was a problem with dangerous parking outside the school, in Wymington Road, and the school was trying to improve that. However, only four tickets have been issued on that road in five years.

A county council spokesman said: “We will respond to a school’s request for parking enforcement but the amount of tickets issued will vary. We will also work with schools and partners to look at other measures as simply using parking enforcement isn’t always the best – or most long-term – solution.”