Sheffield primary school parking is ‘accident waiting to happen’

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A mother has slammed parents for putting lives at risk by parking dangerously outside a Sheffield school.

Motorists often block pavements and double parking when dropping off and picking up children at Oughtibridge Primary School.

Parents and children on foot are forced to walk on busy residents roads, and in and out of vehicles.

Nicola Ryan, aged 37, whose fpour-year-old son Harry, has just started at the school, said the situation is ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

She regularly has to walk in the road with eight-moth-old son Charlie, in a pram.

She said: “It is a nice area but I am finding it really frustrating other parents are being so inconsiderate.

“I know there isn’t much parking but the fact that they are blocking pavements is just disgusting. Other parents have told me it has been a problem for sometime.

“It is just a matter of time before an accident happens.”

Inspector Phil Shaw, who leads the local neighbourhood policing team, was aware of the parking issue around the school.

He said: “We work with schools to prevent this issue and do mount regular patrols around the start and end of the school day to remind parents of their responsibilities.

“This is an issue which affects a number of schools up and down the country and to a certain extent is about educating parents.

“The reality is we all want our children to be as safe as possible and the best way to do that is to park responsibly and perhaps walk a little to the school gates.

“The last thing any of us want to deal with is the absolute tragedy of a child being knocked down outside school in what are often an entirely avoidable circumstances.”