School parking fears grow

PUBLISHED: 14:10 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:10 08 July 2013

Archant

Poor parking by some parents is making the lives of residents, living opposite Bassetts Farm Primary School, a misery.

And St Johns Road householders fear that the planned 45 per cent increase of pupil numbers will make the problem even worse.

County bosses are investing £1.2million on four new classrooms and two group rooms to increase school places from around 290 to 420.

Resident Robert Scott, of St Johns Road, said: “With extra pupils we can expect at least 30 more cars delivering their offspring to school,; where are they going to park?

“We have major problems now and I dread to think what it will be like next term.”

Resident Jean Webster, who has lived opposite the school for 45 years, said: “Parents seem to park anywhere they like, on curbs, blocking drives and when you ask them to move they can be quite rude.”

Chris and Linda Lepley have learnt never to leave their house between 8.45am and 9.30am and between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Chris said: “We have got used to getting blocked in.

“In the afternoons some parents arrive almost an hour before school finishes, just to get a good space.

“And when you ask them to move you just get abuse as though they think they have a right to park where they like.”

Headteacher Sarah Bennett said: “I appreciate that things can get difficult around drop-off and pick up time.

“I would urge all parents to be considerate when it comes to parking.”

She added: “In September we are going to have a big push on the walk to school travel plan to try and encourage more pupils to walk to school.”

A Devon County Council spokesman said that unsafe or obstructive parking was a police matter.

He added: “If householders find their accesses obstructed by parked vehicles, they can also contact the East Devon District Council (EDDC) parking team who will enforce as resource allows.”

Call EDDC customer service team on 01395 571780.

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