Parents fear for child safety outside school

South Elmsall parents angry at the parking chaos outside Ash Grove school.'h7307a151
South Elmsall parents angry at the parking chaos outside Ash Grove school.'h7307a151

ANGRY parents have joined forces to fight against ‘dangerous and inconsiderate’ drivers who park their cars outside school gates, causing chaos for children trying to cross the road.

Ash Grove, in South Elmsall, turns into a traffic hotspot twice a day - once when children are taken to the Junior and Infant School, and again when they are picked up.

And despite a car park for parents to use, many still choose to stop on Ash Grove and cause difficulties for youngsters crossing the road and also for other drivers.

Rachel Turford, 36, has two children at the school and is heading the campaign.

She said: “Parents are parking on the kerbs and on big yellow markings on the road and to put it simply, they shouldn’t be. They are inconsiderate and it’s dangerous.

“There are at least ten or 20 cars parked there every day at the busy times on both sides of the road. It is blocking other vehicles getting through and not to mention the danger for children trying to cross the road as they can’t see properly because there are so many cars.

“One little boy was slowly walking across the road the other week and car missed him by about two feet due to the amount of cars blocking their vision. If he had been walking any faster it would have hit him.

“ I have children at the school and it scares me to think it could be them. ”

She has enlisted the help of local police officers who will be handing outing fixed penalty notices to those parked irresponsibly.

The school is also backing the campaign and letters have been sent to parents reminding them to be considerate when parking.

Sgt Albert Yeoman, of the Wakefield South East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are aware of parking problems near to schools within the ward area and we have PCSOs on regular patrols during the morning and evening school runs to ensure parking regulations are adhered to.”