‘Shotgun wouldn’t stop some parents from parking!’

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PARKING problems are unlikely to change outside a school unless the headteacher gets a “sawn-off shotgun and fires at cars”, a councillor has claimed.

The comment, in jest from Cllr Christopher Peacock, who represents White Horse Ward, follows proposals to introduce further waiting restrictions outside Sacred Heart RC Primary School, in Central Drive, Westhoughton, to tie in with the school taking on an additional 60 pupils.

At a meeting of Westhoughton Town Council he said: “We could put spikes down there and there will be parents who would still park on it and think ‘I will get a new tyre’. Sadly it’s a never ending problem.

“Unless the headteacher can get a sawn-off shotgun and fire it at cars I don’t think it will change.”

Cllr Peacock praised the school for its work to keep pupils safe.

The plans are to enforce no-waiting restrictions from Monday to Friday between 8am and 9.30am and 3pm and 4.30pm on parts of Cherwell Road, Washburn Close, Whitsundale, Windrush Drive and Arundale.

Cllr Lynda Winrow-Baker, of Hoskers and Hart Common Ward, said: “Residents are being penalised by the selfish actions of the parents.”

Cllr David Wilkinson, who represents Hoskers and Hart Common, said the proposals are “unenforceable” and called for a wider consultation to be carried out.

Councillors voted in favour of the plans but asked for the enforcement times to be reconsidered after Cllr Gill Williams, of Daisy Hill Ward, claimed it was “overkill”.

The plans have been submitted to manage parking more effectively at school opening and closing times to protect pupils.

Martin Johnson, headteacher at Sacred Heart School, said: “We have a park and walk to school system where 50 cars park on a designated car park before and after school.

“We encourage walking to and from school and have a trophy for the class with the most people walking to and from school.”

He said the proposals are there to ensure pupils’ safety.

Cllr Peacock said: “I jokingly made the comment because there will always be a minority of parents who ignore parking restrictions no matter what rules are put down to try and help the school, pupils and local residents.”

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9:37am Wed 5 Dec 12

oftbewildered2 says...

so why is there not an enforcement officer stationed there for a few weeks - I thought it was an offence to stop/park on the yellow zig zags outside schools at designated times. If it is not an offence and the restrictions are unenforceable, then why have them?
so why is there not an enforcement officer stationed there for a few weeks - I thought it was an offence to stop/park on the yellow zig zags outside schools at designated times. If it is not an offence and the restrictions are unenforceable, then why have them? oftbewildered2
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9:43am Wed 5 Dec 12

Scabbydog1 says...

fine those parents who's car registeration numbers are seen ,or have a yellow coated presence walking around it works in most places I'm sure the council would work with the school at certain times of the day to have a traffic enforcement officer around and make a few extra quid,
fine those parents who's car registeration numbers are seen ,or have a yellow coated presence walking around it works in most places I'm sure the council would work with the school at certain times of the day to have a traffic enforcement officer around and make a few extra quid, Scabbydog1
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9:50am Wed 5 Dec 12

Harry-Joe says...

Most schools have this problem. No one walks to school anymore because they are too busy, going to work or just lazy.
Its about time schools starting thinking about car parks or drop off zones, similar to the one at Manchester airport maybe?

Its surprising that so many parents have a lack of care for other children's safety.
Most schools have this problem. No one walks to school anymore because they are too busy, going to work or just lazy. Its about time schools starting thinking about car parks or drop off zones, similar to the one at Manchester airport maybe? Its surprising that so many parents have a lack of care for other children's safety. Harry-Joe
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10:15am Wed 5 Dec 12

underwater says...

Most parents are not too busy, they are just too lazy and usually too fat. They will not be parted from there cars,even at the cost of there childrens health. Do they not realise that children need to walk to keep fit.
Most parents are not too busy, they are just too lazy and usually too fat. They will not be parted from there cars,even at the cost of there childrens health. Do they not realise that children need to walk to keep fit. underwater
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2:04pm Wed 5 Dec 12

hazdbfs says...

Name and shame them. Take pics of the cars and send them out in a weekly newsletter.
Name and shame them. Take pics of the cars and send them out in a weekly newsletter. hazdbfs
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2:20pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Marzi30 says...

It's not rocket science, 2 possible solutions, name and shame the culprits by photographing the cars and putting them in the Bolton News or invest in a number of wheel clamps and clamp them all, they're endangering children's lives by their sheer selfishness
It's not rocket science, 2 possible solutions, name and shame the culprits by photographing the cars and putting them in the Bolton News or invest in a number of wheel clamps and clamp them all, they're endangering children's lives by their sheer selfishness Marzi30
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8:47pm Wed 5 Dec 12

SmoggyDiasboro says...

Unfortunately what'll happen is that the long-suffering residents who will leave their cars out will end up getting fined, as a Community Enforcement Officer, or even worse the Smart Camera Car, will be there on any Monday, even Bank Holidays, 'enforcing' the system, unless a resident parking scheme is introduced simultaneously - at which point the scheme will become a legal / administrative nightmare. Simple answer - expel the kids whose parents won't use pedestrian alternatives. It'll only take 1 example. The school is doing its best but hasn't the bottle to take on the selfish, the idle, the inconsiderate - especially the Cheshire Tractor 4wheel drive owners who just abandon on the opposite pavement
Unfortunately what'll happen is that the long-suffering residents who will leave their cars out will end up getting fined, as a Community Enforcement Officer, or even worse the Smart Camera Car, will be there on any Monday, even Bank Holidays, 'enforcing' the system, unless a resident parking scheme is introduced simultaneously - at which point the scheme will become a legal / administrative nightmare. Simple answer - expel the kids whose parents won't use pedestrian alternatives. It'll only take 1 example. The school is doing its best but hasn't the bottle to take on the selfish, the idle, the inconsiderate - especially the Cheshire Tractor 4wheel drive owners who just abandon on the opposite pavement SmoggyDiasboro
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