Parking chaos near Abbeydale school
PARKING chaos during school hours in Abbeydale has led to calls from residents for private parking bays, banning parents from clogging up roads and blocking driveways.
Last term, Police Community Support Officers worked with pupils and staff at Heron Primary School to encourage parents not to park on residential roads when they were dropping their children off.
The message was that illegal parking was causing a danger to children. But the steps have not gone far enough to calm residents.
Some say the area is a nightmare for parking and are worried the problems will re-surface once school starts again this week.
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Residents say when they return home at peak times, they often have nowhere to park as their spaces have been taken up by parents.
Driveways and garages are often blocked and many cars are parked dangerously.
Parking manager at Gloucestershire County Council Jim Daniels said: "We are committed to addressing safety concerns outside the county's schools and would consider a permit scheme should it receive the support of the community and contribute to solving a parking problem in the wider area."
Police say their hands are tied when it comes to monitoring illegal parking, with PCSOs often called away to asses other trouble areas outside schools. Shift patterns also restrict the availability of officers.
One resident, who lives in Grebe Close but wanted to remain anonymous, said: "I have received verbal abuse from parents when they have been asked to move their car.
"Often I come home from work and I'm unable to park. On one occasion my car was blocked in and I couldn't leave for work, it made me late. We live here and should not have to put up with this. I do not have children so this issue isn't something I considered when buying a house. I want to move but financially this is not viable.
"Morrison's is actively encouraging the use of their car parking facilities. I am asking parents to please give some thought to residents who live near the school."
Councillor Andrew Gravells said: "Some people who live by the school have had to take some nasty verbal abuse from a minority of thoughtless parents who park in an inconsiderate way in their road.
"I'm talking to the Highways team at the council, the police, and the school, to try to find a solution here."