Call for wardens to enforce parking outside Bourne primary schools

Bourne Westfield Academy school yellow lines EMN-150520-180239009

Bourne Westfield Academy school yellow lines EMN-150520-180239009

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Parents have called on traffic wardens to put safety before profit and start patrolling the roads outside primary schools.

People with children at schools in Bourne are getting fed up with other parents parking on zig-zags and double yellow lines while dropping off and picking up their own youngsters.

Several have contacted the Mercury this week to point out the danger such inconsiderate parking can cause. But they are also frustrated at the lack of action being taken by APCOA, the company that enforces parking restrictions for Lincolnshire County Council.

Bourne resident Ben Murray, who has two children at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, believes parking wardens are putting profit before social responsibility. He said he had spoken to the county council, which had told him that it a third party contractor was responsible.

He said: “You can park a two minute walk away. These people are lazy. They just can’t be bothered.

“Parents have spoken to parking wardens. Occasionally they will send a warden down for one day. The problem is that it’s not profitable for them.

“They don’t issue tickets outside schools because their presence stops people parking there. I understand that they have to make a profit and I empathise, but at the same time surely there is a provision that they have to enforce parking everywhere? Some of that may not be profitable.

“They are not taking a positive approach.”

Mr Murray said he regularly saw children crossing the road between parked cars, and vehicles manoeuvring in small spaces near school entrances.

“Someone is going to get killed. I have begged for the council to do something but they are passing the buck.”

The problem has been highlighted on a Facebook page called Bourne’s Bungle Drivers, where people have posted photos of cars parked in restricted areas near schools. Gary Waterhouse, who set up the page, lives in Morton and drops his children and step-children off at Bourne Westfield, Bourne Abbey Primary Academy and Bourne Westfield. He regularly sees people parking as close to the schools as possible and ignoring parking restrictions.

He said: “It needs some action before someone gets hurt. The Facebook page started off as a bit of a joke but it has really escalated.”

A spokesman for Bourne Westfield said: “The school has been concerned about the parking outside of its grounds and we regularly send reminders to parents about how to park safely so that children are not at risk.

“We welcome any publicity around this as it only serves to highlight further the need for people to be very conscious about where they park and how children can be dropped off safely and considerately.”

A county council spokesman said: “Bourne is patrolled regularly and enforcement is carried out in the appropriate manner. If vehicles are seen to be parked in breach of parking restrictions a penalty charge notice could be issued. It’s worth noting that the zig-zag lines in question are advisory and we are unable to enforce these markings.

“Westbourne Park, outside Westfield school, has single and double yellow lines close to the school. However these restrictions allow passengers to board/alight from a vehicle including drop off and pick up.

“Abbey Road, near Bourne Abbey, does not have any parking restrictions outside the school and again, the zig-zag lines outside are advisory.”