This is an issue that relates to many schools and yesterday afternoon and this morning and afternoon I spent time observing parking near to Monkspath School. On the two occasions in the afternoon council parking officers were I attendance and this obviously had an effect in stopping most of the offenders.
However, most people seem to know the parking officers have to allow a few minutes period of grace and do try it on. In addition, the bays designated for disabled people are not enforced by a traffic regulation order and are parked in, thus stopping people who might be disabled but do not have a blue badge from using them.
I have posted images taken yesterday and today and have redacted number plates and people faces (I hope I haven’t missed any, please let me know if so).
The seriousness of this is shown in one of the images from yesterday evening where an emergency ambulance negotiated the school traffic to attend to a ill patient at the local surgery.
Where do we go from here?
This is an issue that affects many schools, certainly most in my ward. I do think though it is time we did more about it. I do know there are trials going on in the borough to stop vehicles entering certain roads giving access to the schools but doubt this can be applied to schools like Monkspath, Dickens Heath and Cheswick Green (but also Tidbury Green). We do need to think differently.
I am meeting council officers next week to discuss the issues and this is where this post can come in useful – it has a ready made library of images, with most taken whilst a parking officer was standing next to me. Perhaps its time to review the period of grace and create an absolute ban of stopping on double yellow lines near schools?