Police put on extra patrols as Wellingborough school appeals for more considerate parking

Concerns have been raised about parking in Harvey Road, Wellingborough, which is near to Croyland Primary School
Concerns have been raised about parking in Harvey Road, Wellingborough, which is near to Croyland Primary School

Police have said they will be carrying out extra patrols to try to stop inconsiderate parking on the roads around a primary school.

Several people living in Harvey Road, Wellingborough, contacted the Northants Telegraph about parents parking in their street to drop off and pick up children from Croyland Primary School.

The walkway from the cul-de-sac to the back of the school

The walkway from the cul-de-sac to the back of the school

They say it has been an issue for several years with vehicles blocking the road, their driveways and the path so people can’t get past.

There is a walkway from the cul-de-sac to the back of the school so residents also have fears about children running out into the road and being hit by a car, some of which drive at speed along Harvey Road to turn around.

Another concern is emergency vehicles not being able to get through and some residents have had to go to the police after being threatened when asking people to move their cars.

One resident said: “It’s just horrible, it’s chaos. It’s been going on for years.”

They said the problem times are from 8.30am to 9am and from 2.30pm to 4pm.

As well as parking issues, they said parents congregate and leave cigarette butts on their driveways.

The school also wants to find a solution so they can be a good neighbour to those living nearby.

Headteacher of Croyland Primary School, Lucy Deakin, said: “We are committed to this community and nothing we do is to upset them.”

She said they promote walking and cycling to school, and they tried to introduce a walking bus scheme but there was very little interest.

Reminders asking parents to park considerately are regularly included in school newsletters and texts have also been sent out.

Chairman of governors Mark Turner said they met residents several years ago and invited them to set up a group to tackle the issue, but no-one got back to the school about it.

He said: “The residents have a right to expect peace and quiet, access to their driveways and their road to be as normal, and they have the right to not expect arguments.

“We want to be a good neighbour.

“We are very mindful and do listen to the residents, but ultimately we can’t control what people do on the roads.

“Croyland Primary School has up to 420 children on roll, but there is also Action for Children and the nursery on site.

“We have encouraged the residents of Harvey Road, Henshaw Road and Croyland Road to ring the police and the police have told residents to ring the police.

“They have said to residents to keep phoning to log it. The police are mindful of it, but they have very limited resources.”

While the priority is to get pupils in and out of school safely, he added: “Every school has a problem.

“We have had conversations with Wellingborough Council about it and we have spoken to the Highways Agency.

“But the more people who report it, the more likely we are to get this resolved.”

He believes the majority of parents are considerate when parking, but added: “I just wish we had a resolution.”

He said he would like more parents to park in the former swimming pool car park in Croyland Road and walk to school, which he says takes four minutes.

He added: “What I want at the end of the day is happy neighbours, happy kids and happy parents.”

Cllr Liz Coombe has been trying to alleviate problems in the area, including working on two areas at either end of Henshaw Road.

She has had several meetings and phone calls with residents of Norman Way and Harvey Road as well as highways, police and the school.

One way she has tried is by asking highways to reinstate ‘do not park on the verge’ signs, and she added: “So many possibilities have been considered and it is a problem outside just about every school because parents have a choice as to where they send their children to school.

“There are no easy solutions but parents should be mindful for the sake of residents and the safety of their own children to be considerate where they park and to make sure they don’t drop any litter.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “We are aware of parking problems in this area and are conscious of the frustrations they can cause to residents.

“We will carry out extra monitoring of the site over the coming weeks and would encourage residents to report any issues to us.”