Anger over illegal St Leonards school parking

Car parked on yellow lines outside Christchurch School, Hastings. SUS-150924-080112001
Car parked on yellow lines outside Christchurch School, Hastings. SUS-150924-080112001

A parent and police are angry over the number of people who illegally park on the yellow zigzags outside his child’s school in St Leonards.

Alan Bain raised concerns for children’s safety because of the cars parked unlawfully outside Christ Church Primary School.

He said people from the school and parents who challenge those who park on the lines are verbally abused.

And he claimed whenever police patrol the area, the perpetrators realise and do not park there but come back when the officer leaves.

“If you confront them they just say, ‘tough’,” Mr Bain said.

“The school say that if they go out and speak to anyone they get a mouthful of abuse.

“If they get the police to come out they don’t park there because the officer is there in his bright yellow jacket.”

Mr Bain said he always parks further down the road or a few minutes walk away when he picks up his child.

He said Dallington Primary School have street signs warning about the dangers of parking on the yellow lines and did not understand why Christ Church or other schools could not do the same.

He specifically criticised taxi drivers who he said regularly stop on the zigzags to drop off parents or pick up children.

“That’s just the way things are – you have to park where you’re allowed,” he said.

“It should be safe for the children more than anything.

“It annoys me that they are parking there in the first place – they’re qualified drivers and one of the things you are told about is reading signs.

“This is an area where lots of small children go and they just don’t seem to care.

“If I was a parent in a taxi I would say to not park further down.”

Sussex Police condemned the laziness of drivers who park on the zigzags and said they regularly patrol schools to stop this happening.

“Parking in restricted areas for the sake of a few minutes’ walk is just laziness and is plainly hazardous to children arriving or leaving school,” a spokesman said.

“Officers from the neighbourhood policing teams and road policing regularly check schools around starting and finishing times and vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed.

“Any schools experiencing parking problems should speak to their school liaison officer or local neighbourhood team.”

Christ Church Primary School have been contacted for comment.

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