Safety fears over parking near school

A worried dad fears parking restrictions near an Ackworth primary school are putting children’s lives at risk.

Phil Walker,lives on Bell Lane, just 500 yards from Bell Lane Primary School, which his son Dylan attends.

Phil Walker is worried about kids safety because of parking outside Bell Lane Primary School. There is a single yellow line outside his home preventing him from parking there but 500 yards up the road outside the school, people are free to park.  (p603b320)

Phil Walker is worried about kids safety because of parking outside Bell Lane Primary School. There is a single yellow line outside his home preventing him from parking there but 500 yards up the road outside the school, people are free to park. (p603b320)

Single yellow line parking restrictions prevent him parking outside his house, so he has to park outside the school, where there are no parking restrictions.

Mr Walker, 34, said: “ I am not trying to get the restrictions removed from outside my house, I just think there should be double yellow lines around the school entrance.

“I am having to park my car in a much more dangerous place.”

The restrictions prevent Mr Walker from parking outside his home from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

Mr Walker, who also has a four-year-old daughter, said: “I have been told the restrictions are because it’s too narrow but they’re all in the wrong place.

“It just doesn’t make sense that I can’t park outside my house but I can park right outside the school.”

Louise Ward, headteacher at the school, said: “As a school we are very aware of the issues but they are no more than for any other school.”

Graham West, highways network service manager at Wakefield Council, said: “We have not been made aware of any safety issues with traffic around the school but we continually review all road safety measures including parking restrictions in this area.

“We would always urge drivers and pedestrians to take care.”

Insp Geoff Carter, of the South East neighbourhood policing team, said: “I am more than willing to meet any residents to discuss issues in relation to parking on Bell Lane.”