Budleigh school's plea to 'inconsiderate' drivers

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:18 14 February 2017

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Staff at a Budleigh Salterton primary school are pleading with parents not to engage in 'inconsiderate' parking on surrounding roads.

Parents looking to gain easy access to St Peter’s Primary School, in Moor Lane, have been stopping on the corners of the junction opposite and parking on the yellow zigzags.

Some people have also resorted to stopping in the middle of the road outside St Peter’s to drop children off.

Site supervisor and health and safety leader Ollie Force said this practice ‘selfishly’ blocks up the road, increases traffic congestion around the school and obstructs the view of the road for pedestrians.

In a newsletter to parents, he said: “There has been a dramatic increase in inconsiderate and dangerous parking and road use this year.

“There is limited parking close to the school, but please understand that you might have to walk a short way to get to school and plan your journey accordingly, rather than parking dangerously to be as close to school as possible.

“With all the lorries and buses that frequent the road, as well as the increased number of cars at the start and end of school, this is a serious incident waiting to happen.”

Mr Force has also noticed that cars are being parked in a bus stop opposite the school and claims this is resulting in buses having to stop in the middle of the road blocking up the already very busy junction.

“Please don’t park in front of residents driveways it is very annoying for them,” he added.

“If everyone uses the area around school as considerately as possible we can ensure the journey to and from school is as safe as possible for the children.”

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