Call for parking control on road outside school in Gorleston

Parents and residents have expressed their concerns about road safety outside Cliff Park junior scho

Parents and residents have expressed their concerns about road safety outside Cliff Park junior school.Cars stopped on double yellow lines on Bridge Road as the end of the school day approaches.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Neighbours have expressed their concerns about parking chaos on a road near two schools and the James Paget.

Last week the Mercury reported that parents at Cliff Park Junior school had fears about road safety.

Now residents have complained that they too face issues with motorists parking inconsiderately on the streets near the school in Orde Avenue, Gorleston.

A resident of Mariners Compass for 30 years, who wishes to remain anonymous, said it was not just the school-run that was causing problems.

'It got worse when the hospital started putting parking charges in. The Paget staff and visitors park in Kennedy Avenue and when that is full they go to Mariner's Compass.

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'People who live in Lowestoft, but work in Yarmouth, sometimes park their cars around here and then catch the bus into the town centre.

'The parents of the school are just as bad. They spend 30-40 minutes waiting to pick their kids up.

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'The council needs to put up parking restrictions on the street like they have on Bridge Road where there is no return within two hours.'

Another resident, Melanie Carden, said: 'Some parents are more concerned with parking close, so they don't have to get out of there car rather than child safety, the parking wardens were down at the school last Thursday and they got abuse of some drivers, the police even pulled over because of it.'

In a statement, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: 'Norfolk County Council is responsible for considering and implementing on-road parking restrictions, such as yellow lines. The borough council undertakes on-street parking enforcement in the borough on behalf of Norfolk County Council through the Norfolk Parking Partnership.

'Civil enforcement officers patrol daily the roads around the hospital and will issue penalty charge notices when they witness parking contraventions. Enforcement can only take place when there are restrictions in place. When someone reports a contravention to the borough council in a timely manner, officers will seek, if possible, to travel to the location in order to carry out enforcement, which requires them to personally observe the breach for a certain period, take photographic evidence and issue a notice.'

A spokesman for the James Paget said parking charges had been in place at the hospital since 2006 and that a staff car park on the site was well used. They added they could not control if visitors chose to park on local roads and it would be up to the local authorities to implement any parking restrictions.

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