Crackdown on dangerous parking at Norwich schools

Campaigners and residents of the Cedars sheltered housing complex. Picture: Adam Green. Campaigners and residents of the Cedars sheltered housing complex. Picture: Adam Green.

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7:00 AM

A crackdown on dangerous parking outside four Norwich schools will take place later this month, with schoolchildren playing a part in getting the road safety message over to their parents.

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A road safety campaign will see enforcement officers focusing on four schools in the weeks ahead - Norwich High Junior School, Stretton School, Avenue Junior School and Mousehold Infant School.

An important part of the campaign, being run by the city and county councils, is raising awareness of dangers to schoolchildren when cars are parked illegally - such as making it harder for drivers to see youngsters crossing.

And children at the schools involved have designed posters to be displayed near the school gates to encourage drivers - including their own parents who drop them off and pick them up - not to put lives at risk.

Once the posters are in place, the city council’s civil enforcement officers will visit the four schools on a rotational basis over two weeks to make sure people are parking legally.

Richard Wiseman, road safety education officer at Norfolk County Council, said: “We want all children to be able to use our roads and get to school safely and we’ll be supporting these schools as part of our county-wide road safety education programme.

“In particular, we’ll be helping them run a campaign that they and the pupils have developed.

“It will encourage the students to take the message back to their own homes that protecting children on the school run is everyone’s responsibility and that safe, sensible and considerate parking and driving around their school is a big priority for them.”

Norwich High School, in Newmarket Road, and the nearby Stretton School, in Albermarle Road, have teamed up for the campaign.

Steve Kavanagh, Norwich High School deputy head, said: “Our first priority is the safety of our girls and we are pleased to work with the county council in promoting road safety as part of a balanced safety awareness programme. We feel that it would be extremely helpful if all road users were especially careful whilst in the vicinity of the city’s schools.”

The action has been welcomed by people living in The Cedars sheltered housing complex in Albermarle Road.

They have long raised the issue that cars obstruct footpaths, making it difficult for those with mobility problems to walk down the street.

Jamal Sealey, Labour’s candidate for Town Close ward in May’s city council elections, said: “This is a problem that has been going on for a very long time and, to me, it seems very inconsiderate for parents on the school run to make these older residents have to go in the road with their walking frames and mobility scooters.

“It’s great that these residents are finally seeing some concerted action being taken.”

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13 comments

  • Jamal Sealey, Labour’s candidate for Town Close ward in May’s city council elections, said: "concerted action being taken.” Is he that unaware of what is happening?? It is not good if he wants to be elected & if he sees this level of nothingness as such a positive. This is certainly not a action outside of the school & it does not involve any effort at all, by those who can alter the situation. It is a nothing story. It is only 4 schools, when it is happening outside of almost all schools & it it sounds like the Police will not be doing anything at all as that would mean leaving their cars & it seems unless it involves a camera & no work, they are not interested. It is very sad, but maybe not unsurprising, to see a wannabe councillor, seeing this as a intelligent way forward & a solution..As this seems to be the level of many of our City Councillors. So he he should fit right in.

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    el84

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Nothing about the dangers outside Town Close school?

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • What total waste of time and public money. This is something that should be managed and enforced by the police on not these jumped up, power mad, so called Civil Enforcement 'Officers'

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    Norfolk John

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Ok, can we just please get one thing straight? This is NOT a police initative - Illegal parking in Norwich is no longer considered a police matter and I get fed up with the usual nonsensical ramblings of the ignorant who automatically think that this is about the police somehow making money for their holiday fund. Civil parking enforcement officers are employed by the local authority. Ilegal parking is no longer under the heading of criminal. Would the cynics, moaners and serial complainers prefer the police to deal with these matters? Oh, but then there would be cries of misuse of police resourses. Alternatively how about ignoring the problem altogether? Oh but then further cries would e heard that the authorities dont act. I read these replies regularly and whether the subject is parking, teachers and holidays or the NHS or even NCFC there are just so many people who are only happy when they are moaning? Im newish to the area so is this usual attitude of Norfolk people generally?

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    Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Whilst you are out fining the illicit parkers bring a speed gun, I guarantee you'll get a bit of extra business with speeding Mummies too.

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    NigelS

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Enforce the law as it stands, it's as easy as that!!. Though so many traffic laws are not enforced, so why should parking be any different!

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    beverley

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Think this is a national problem rather than just norwich. Here in wymondham i live near a school and cars are parked along browick road all day making it difficult to get through. Although i have been informed that some of these are parked there then going off to work, the point it its near a school and causes a problem.

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    canaryboy71

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Why use children to get the message across? If someone is parked illegally then fine them accordingly. It's obvious that some parents are only concerned for themselves and their child and not the safety of others. Zero tolerance is issued to drivers who ignore timed exclusions in the city centre so why is this different?

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • You cannot argue with figures

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • "...Another chance for the police to bump up the figures...." . The enforcement of yellow lines and other parking restrictions is entirely the responsibility of the local authorities , so please explain how it would " bump up " police crime figures . Go on then .

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • And what and where are the figures which show that local authority officers enforcing parking restrictions " bump up " police crime detection rates ? Take your time now.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I have an idea but doubt it would be taken on board. Have drop off laybys inside school gates so it will lessen the dangerous parking outside on the roads and the kids will be safe off the road and on school grounds ready for class!

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    SallyK

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Another chance for the police to bump up the figures

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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