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School parking plea

Posted on November 02 2015 at 9:25:04

Bad parking

Barnt Green residents have begun a new battle in the war against unsafe and selfish parking in their village.

A deputation of irate villagers shared their latest woes at the Barnt Green Parish Council meeting, telling councillors that major parking problems occur twice every weekday when parents drop off and collect children from St Andrew’s First School.

Residents Kim Jephcott and Ann Nash showed several photos of offending vehicles, including one parked on double yellow lines at a junction and many others blocking pavements.

They said that on more than one occasion, a school coach had parked right across the bottom of their driveway and that the driver had refused to move it.

“We have complained to the school, the coach company and the police, but got nowhere,” said Mr Jephcott.

District Councillor Charlie Hotham said that Sgt Richard Field from West Mercia Police’s Bromsgrove Team is encouraging residents to send dated and timed photos to him via the parish office – the police will then send warning letters to the vehicle owners.

“Civil Parking Enforcement cannot do much about pavement parking, but they can for parking on yellow lines,” said Coun Hotham.

“I think if Sgt Field sees the scale of the problem from residents’ photos, he will probably come out personally.”

*  At the same meeting, residents vented their anger over the temporary rail footpath closure at Cofton Hackett, as Richard Dugdale of Network Rail presented the company’s findings from a recent crossing usage survey.

Mr Dugdale said the six-month closure order would probably be extended in the absence of a solution, but there would be a public consultation before the final decision on the crossing’s future: “The die is not yet cast.”

Above: Residential drive blocked by coaches, and car parked on double yellow lines at junction.

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