Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley police clamp down on school parking problems

park on zig zagPolice from the Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley Dedicated Neighbourhood team are clamping down on parking problems outside schools in the area, due to an increase in complaints.

Officers have increased patrols around four schools in the area with the aim of reducing the amount of people parking illegally or/and dangerously.

The four schools in question are Millfield Primary School; Ravenhurst Primary School; Kingsway Primary School and Winstanley School.

PC Leanne Aldridge, a Dedicated Neighbourhood Officer for Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley said:

Photo: PC Leanne Aldridge

PC Leanne Aldridge

“Inconsiderate and dangerous parking outside schools is currently a neighbourhood priority for us as it has become a real problem. We have received numerous complaints about badly parked vehicles, particularly during school drop-off and pick-up times.

“To try to combat this issue we have increased patrols around the schools during these times, in the hope of being able to educate parents of the dangers of inconsiderate parking including parking on zig-zag lines or in a bus stop.

“We also want people to be aware that parking close to the school can cause a real danger to children arriving or leaving school. Many avoidable accidents happen due to cars being parked in positions that restrict a child’s view of the road, leaving them in danger of walking into the path of a moving vehicle.

“We would like to encourage parents to walk to school where possible to cut down on congestion outside the school gates.”

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