Parking problem chaos outside Sheffield primary school

Kelly Garrity and daughter Harmony with other parents outside the new Prince Edwards School where there are issues over parking for parents
Kelly Garrity and daughter Harmony with other parents outside the new Prince Edwards School where there are issues over parking for parents
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Problems with parking outside a primary school in Sheffield has escalated – with one mother being banned from the school grounds.

Kelly Garrity was dropping children of at Prince Edwards Primary School, Manor, when she parked between two cones, mistaking it for a parking space.

An argument broke out when Kelly was approached by members of staff and advised her she could not park where the cones are.

Kelly, of Arbourthorne, admitted shouting and swearing at staff, but said the situation is an accident waiting to happen.

The school moved to a new building on Queen Mary Road at Easter and work has been taking place to the pavements.

Kerry said: “There is no parking. They have put cones outside the school. You either have to pull in at another school nearby which is already busy or on the main Prince of Wales Road.

“There has been a number of incidents where children have almost been knocked over. A car went just past my leg when I had a baby in my arms.”

A grandfather who drops his granddaughter off at school described the situation outside the school as ‘complete chaos’.

He said: “I don’t know who is responsible for this state of affairs but one of the police on patrol agreed with me that this is an accident waiting to happen.”

Julie Storey, the school’s executive head, apologised for the work on the pavement not being finished and said contractors were working to fix the issues.

She said: “Our pupils deserve so much better than the old building we were in before. On top of this, the entrance to the school is in a much safer area than the busy City Road entrance where it was sited before, and this can only be a good thing for all the children.

“As with every school in Sheffield, parents are asked not to park near the entrance in order to protect children’s safety. I am sure everyone would agree the safety of the children is paramount and the last thing anyone would want is for a child to be injured as a result of unsafe parking.”

She thanked the majority of parents for parking safely away from the school.

Additional measures have been in place while the work is being carried out. Yellow zig-zag lines will be in place once work is finished.

Mrs Storey added the school reserves the right to ban any parent from the school grounds who abuses staff verbally or physically.