Homeowner's fury at double yellow line school parkingBy Jennie Slevin
March 11, 2013
An angry homeowner has hit out at parents who show a ‘blatant disregard’ for the law by parking on double yellow lines outside a school.
Tracey Harris claims the way parents park outside College Town Junior School, in Sandhurst, is ‘an accident waiting to happen’.
Double yellow lines were painted outside the school, in Branksome Road, during the February half term, but she claims parents are still parking illegally.
Tracey, who lives close to the school, said: “The cars park in really dangerous places and block the pavements.
“A normal pedestrian can barely fit on the pavement, let alone someone with a pushchair or buggy.
“When children are that age they run ahead and they don’t always think to look before crossing the road, a driver wouldn’t see them if they ran out from behind a parked car.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen.”
The 49-year-old, who works for a dog rescue centre, added: “It’s a blatant disregard of the law. They can see the double yellow lines are there but they continue to park.
“I’d expect parents to understand they’ve been put there for a reason.”
Several Sandhurst Town councillors have reported the issue to Bracknell Forest Council.
Cllr Carole Cupper, College Town Junior School governor and chair of the town council’s environment committee, lobbied for the no-parking rule to be enforced.
She said: “It’s going to be really horrible if someone gets hurt. Sometimes parents even park on the crossing and the lollipop lady struggles to help the children cross safely.”
Cllr Paul Widdowson added: “They’ve got no respect for children’s safety.
“The double yellows were put down at the school’s request and the parents are just ignoring them. They’re not prepared to park in a safer place and walk a few yards so they park in an area that’s very dangerous.”
The councillors say they have asked the borough council to send a traffic warden to the area. A Bracknell Forest Council spokeswoman said: “We have no record of Sandhurst asking for a traffic warden to be sent there but since November 2010 our staff have visited the area more than 160 times.”