Worksop: Woman hits out at school parking chaos outside her home

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Living near a school is so frustrating, says one Worksop woman who was blocked in her drive by a parent’s parked car.

Debbie Lyon lives on Maple Drive, near Prospect Hill schools, and outside her home are zig-zag keep lines intended to stop traffic parking.

But she feels parents who use the school are not paying any attention to the signs.

She said: “Some parent had parked on the zig-zags and left the car parked over my drive.

“I had to get to an appointment but I was stuck and couldn’t get out, so I was late.

“These lines are put in to keep children safe but the parents seem to think the rules don’t apply to them.”
It is Debbie’s childhood home - she moved there in 1967 before the school was built in 1971.

The schools, which are spread over two sites, nursery and infant, and junior, are not to blame, according to Debbie. She says the school sends text messages to parents reminding them to park considerably.

“My heart sinks when I drive into the street and see cars parked everywhere when there is a school event going on that I didn’t know about,” she said.

“Why should my whole life have to revolve around other people being inconsiderate?

“I appreciate that parents may need to drive if they are heading off to work afterwards.

“But when people are coming from out of the area and parking, what is the point of having catchment areas if they are not followed?”

She would like to see more done to help the residents in the area - but fears it has gone past the past the point of being fixed.

She added: “I don’t know what to do but maybe some of the school staff could maybe patrol the surrounding streets at peak times to try stop inconsiderate parkers?”

Sue Osborn, headteacher at the junior school, said this week: “Parking is an ongoing concern and anything that can be done to highlight the importance of the zig-zags is needed.

“People either don’t understand the importance of them or they are just ignoring them.

“I will put this issue in the next newsletter to remind parents about this.

“We can get PCSOs out to do spot checks but that is only a short term fix as it’s people’s attitudes we need to change first,” she added.