Police crack down on ‘appalling’ parking near school
PUBLISHED: 08:24 08 January 2020 | UPDATED: 08:29 08 January 2020
Police have stepped up patrols over “appalling” parking outside a primary school during school drop-off and pick-up times.
Congestion around Costessey Primary School in Three Mile Lane in the mornings and afternoons has led people living in the area to raise concerns over road safety, air pollution and accessibility.
In response to complaints, police have been out in the area during peak times speaking to motorists and issuing advice.
Mrs Bacon, 61, who did not want to give her first name and who has lived in Upper Breckland Road, opposite the school, since 1986, said problems with inconsiderate parking had increased over the years.
She said: "[Drivers] will sit out there with their engines running for about three quarters of an hour waiting for their children to come out.
"It's not very good with the environment, air pollution and fumes."
Mrs Bacon said that while problems had eased since single yellow lines were painted on Upper Breckland Road, congestion was still a concern.
"A lot of people use Breckland Hall but yes, the congestion has definitely got worse...It's dangerous for the children, they need to have a crossing, there's going to be an accident," she said.
A couple who have lived in Upper Breckland Road for 20 years said: "It's not as bad as it used to be. We used to have double parking which really caused problems."
A business owner based on Three Mile Lane, who preferred to remain anonymous, said: "It's an ongoing issue and as the school has got bigger the traffic has got worse.
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"We have to plan thing around it and if we've got customers coming to collect things I do try and get them to avoid collecting around school times."
PC Stuart Barnard, beat manager for Costessey, said officers had received complaints from parents as well as residents living nearby about inconsiderate parking.
He said: "I was outside the school on Monday morning (January 6) and saw some of the behaviour from motorists.
"The complaints I received seemed genuine and I witnessed some appalling parking and I gave words of advice to four motorists."
A spokesperson for Costessey Primary School said: "Since becoming a primary school in September 2019 we have noticed an increase in traffic congestion on the nearby roads around peak times.
"Costessey Primary School is committed to ensuring the safety of its pupils during their commute to school and are therefore excited to introduce a number of initiatives throughout the year to support travel to school.
"One of these is the introduction of 'Travel Thursdays' where children are encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school either from home or from a location away from the roads surrounding the school, rewards for this will be received by classes and year groups with the best participation.
"This work will cumulate in the participation of Walk to School week by all children at the end of May. A school travel group, made up of teachers and children are also excited to explore ongoing initiatives to roll out for the rest of the year and beyond.
As an addition to the work being carried out by Costessey Primary School, we are also working closely with our local council and Norfolk Constabulary, on a range of activities to promote safety awareness and Active Travel."
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