Parents warned of parking blitz

Blitz on illegal parking at Rooks Nest School'PCSO Wendy Firth, Traffic Warden Sue Daniel and PCSO Chloe Mansfield

Blitz on illegal parking at Rooks Nest School'PCSO Wendy Firth, Traffic Warden Sue Daniel and PCSO Chloe Mansfield

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POLICE have resorted to a tough blitz on illegal parking at an Outwood school where pupils’ safety is being put at risk.

Drivers parking on zig-zag lines, pavements and driveways near Rooks Nest Academy will be slapped with fixed penalty fines, police have warned.

They are mounting patrols around the school after repeated appeals for parents to park safely fell on deaf ears.

Headteacher Anne Butel said some drivers had become abusive when challenged by teachers at the Rooks Nest Road school.

She said: “Children’s lives are being put at risk. Some parents are parking in people’s drives and half-way onto the pavement. Some park opposite the school and the children open the car door and come running into the road.”

Mrs Butel said the school had resorted to a tougher approach after a string of safe parking initiatives failed to solve the problem.

She said “We have tried putting things in our newsletter to remind parents to park safely. We never seem to get anywhere but this is the first time the police have done such a high-profile blitz on parking at the school.”

The problem had worsened recently after Lime Pit Lane was closed for roadworks, causing more traffic congestion.

Drivers’ registration details would be taken down and given to the police who would visit them at home, Mrs Butel said.

Police community support officer (PCSO) Chloe Mansfield said: “This is an accident waiting to happen.

“Parents are parking illegally outside the school when they are collecting and dropping off children. Cars are being parked on zig-zag lines and on a bad bend next to the school.

“We will be monitoring this very closely and fixed-penalty notices will be issued.”