THE excuses came thick and fast.
‘It’s raining’, ‘I won’t be long’, ‘I’m not parking I am just stopping to drop the kids off’.
These were just some of the responses from parents as The Star took the It’s Your Child campaign to Charnock Hall Primary School, Gleadless, Sheffield.
During the 30-minute rush to get to the gates, The Star observed at least 20 parents parking illegally outside the entrance - despite there being ample parking in the streets surrounding the school.
The yellow zig-zag lines accompanied by Keep Clear warnings which were painted outside the entrance following a two-year battle might as well have been invisible.
Children and parents travelling by foot were forced to weave in and out of the queue of traffic. The road is also used as a ‘rat run’ by drivers using it to avoid rush hour traffic at Gleadless Town End.
One motorist, who declined to be named, said: “I know I am not supposed to be here but I’m going now.”
Another driver whose car was sat stationary in the middle of a Keep Clear sign said: “I’m not parking here, I am just stopping.”
And another mum who parked on the lines to drop off two children pulled out and drove away as The Star attempted to knock at her window.
There have been a number of incidents involving pedestrians and careless motorists in recent years, including a mother and daughter who were hit by a car at the top of Carter Hall Road. The young girl had to receive counselling.
Another mother was knocked to the floor whilst stood on the pavement after being hit by the wing mirror of a passing vehicle.
Mother-of-two Sharon Osterfield, aged 39, of Charnock, said: “I worked with the council and local councillors to get lines painted. It helped for a while, but parents still park there and give the usual excuses.
“There’s no crossing or anything. It’s just an accident waiting to happen.”
Headteacher Sarah Scarborough said: “We have cars parking on the zig zags outside the school gates and double banking in this area.
“Cars mount the pavement to park all around the school and up and down Carter Hall Road. They also park on the junction at the top of Carter Hall Road.
“Around the corner up from the school away from White Lane, there is a park area. This is also the back entrance into school for the Reception children.
“We recently had lines painted by the council and a lot of work carried out but parents still park here and around this area making it unsafe again.”
n THE Star ‘It’s Your Child’ campaign aims to make the roads outside schools safer.
Police are already spending money increasing yellow lines, zig zags and bollars around a numbers of school to improve parking during the school run.
And we want parents to take responsibility and stop parking dangerously.
We will visit primaries and juniors during the school run and challenge parents whose parking is putting children in danger.
Our photographers and reporters will be out and about highlighting the extent of the problem. Tell us which schools are badly affected by parents parking badly and dangerously and we will do our best to investigate.
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