Bourne parents warned to park sensibly on school run

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PARENTS are being warned to park sensibly after traffic problems have been reported in streets surrounding a school.

Bourne Abbey Academy is calling on parents to park carefully and safely when dropping off and picking up their children.

Complaints have been made about traffic around the school’s two entrances in Abbey Road and Manning Road.

Parents have been parking in Ancaster Road, Manning Road and the school has reports of cars being left on the Anglian Water entrance in Abbey Road.

Bourne Town Council is asking the Bourne and Billingborough Neighbourhood Beat Team to look at the problems after receiving complaints about parking in the area.

Problems in the area have been compounded by the loss of the former Rainbow car park, which is boarded up and being sold for development.

Anglia Regional Co-operative Society has allowed parents to use the car park at its AHF Furniture site, which is also in Manning Road.

Chairman of the school’s governors John Kirkman says the vast majority of parents park sensibly but is calling on the minority to behave sensibly.

He said: “There is nothing we can do about on-street parking.

“The only thing we can do is remind parents to park conscientiously.

“They are aware of the dangers of inappropriate driving.

“If you can park safely and that means you have to walk another couple of metres that is the easy thing to do as children’s safety is paramount.”

Police officers have been working on the problems since January and say things have improved since then.

The team has put up signs and officers have given talks in the school warning children of the dangers of the problems.

Police community support office Graeme Parrott says that initially they were giving three to four verbal warnings a day and this has been reduced.

But he is also joining calls for parents to park sensibly.

Officer Parrott said: “I would ask parents to be careful about where they park and to be thoughtful.”