Derbyshire police tell parents to park more considerately - after anger outside school gates

Police in Derbyshire were on patrol outside a Shirebrook school this morning, warning parents to park more considerately at school drop off and pick up times.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 1:44 pm

PCSO Samantha Fellows was conducting checks around Langwith Bassett Junior Academy today (March 26) following frustration outside the school gates due to poor parking.

In a post on Facebook, Shirebrook Safer Neighbourhood Team wrote: “We understand that often parents and others are in a rush in the morning but we advise parents and people dropping/picking up children from the school to consider where they park.”

It comes after police in Staveley confirmed they had been ‘monitoring’ school parking at Hollingwood Primary, Staveley Junior and Inkersall Primary due to increased complaints from staff, residents and councillors.

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Shirebrook Police Safer Neighbourhood Team urged parents to consider where they park at school pick up times.

Officers told parents to ask themselves whether they are parked in a safe position, if they are making it difficult for children to see when they are crossing the road outside the school or whether they have created a blind spot before leaving their vehicle.

Langwith Bassett Junior Academy is located on Recreation Road, which has a 30 mph speed limit that is reduced to 20mph when the school is open.

Shirebrook Police urged motorists to be aware that “there are small children making their way into and out of the school” and leave more time for their journey.

Parents were also encouraged to park further away and walk to pick their child up to make the road safer for students crossing.

The post continued: “While this may only be for a short period of time each day, we can all work together to create a safer crossing area for the children.

"It is THEIR school.”

One Facebook user echoed concerns commenting: “I bloody hate driving along here at school times, parents just flinging there car doors open, can’t see nothing, the kids just walking down the road to get into parents cars, parents just running over the road, it's an accident just waiting to happen.”

While another resident added: “It’s horrific outside every school, my mum lives on Orchard Close where access to the school gates is situated, she had serious mobility issues, my brother took her for a medical appointment and when they arrived back he could not get access to her bungalow for parked cars, even on the double yellow lines.”

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