Row over parking outside school
COMPLAINTS about parking outside an Up Hatherley school are being blown out of all proportion, a parish councillor has claimed.
Residents living close to Lakeside Primary School, in Hatherley Road, have become fed up with parents clogging up the street when they drop off and collect pupils.
One woman has claimed she suffered abuse after complaining that a car was blocking her drive.
But Stuart Fowler, chairman of the parish council, said he believed there needed to be more give and take between residents and parents.
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"There is a small amount of congestion, which is an inconvenience for about 10 minutes every day," he said. "As human beings, we have got to learn to get on with one another.
"One or two parents do block people's drives and there has been one complaint from a woman who said a driver shouted abuse at her.
"But if you go outside any school anywhere in the county, you will have the same problem in the mornings and afternoons."
The problem of congestion has become worse since traffic lights were installed in Hatherley Lane. Mr Fowler conceded that more could be done during the school run to help ease the situation.
"Anything parents can do to avoid using their car would help," he said.
"There has been talk about introducing a walking bus scheme, similar to ones used in America."
Councillor Roger Whyborn (LD, Up Hatherley), said parents needed to park and drive "responsibly". He said: "Like all schools, they have a problem with a large number of students, about 400, going there.
"What is important is that parents park responsibly and if possible, park further away. They need to be careful."
He also urged parents to use the free parking available nearby, and reminded them not to park on double yellow lines.
"We do have a problem with some people parking on double yellow lines, and maybe we need to start ticketing people," he added.
Rejecting claims the new traffic lights were causing problems, he said: "When parents turn up late, they might get road rage when they can't get out.
"There will be no problems if everyone drives responsibly."
Lakeside Primary School declined to comment on the issue.