Thursday, 17 August 2017

Probe into parents’ illegal parking

CLAIMS that school-run parents are blocking a Henley street by parking illegally are being investigated.

CLAIMS that school-run parents are blocking a Henley street by parking illegally are being investigated.

Oxfordshire County Council officers are looking into the problem after three residents complained that cars were being “dumped” in Damer Gardens by parents of children St Mary’s School in St Andrew’s Road and Trinity Primary School in Vicarage Road.

Speaking at a town council meeting on Tuesday, town and county councillor David Nimmo Smith said: “There are issues at Damer Gardens. The council officers are trying to work them out.

“It is the parents who drop off the kiddies in the morning. There is a perception that they are blocking the Damer Gardens entrance.”

Concerns were raised by resident Toni Aitkenwho called introduction of double yellow lines. “It is important that the entrance is free of parked cars at all times,” she said. “Our residents cannot get in or out and the emergency services would have a job.” Neighbour David Adamson said: “If the parents were able to walk their children to school rather than use their cars and if residents could use their driveways as opposed to parking in the street that would be a really big help and I do not think that is unreasonable.

“There has already been one accident and we are worried that there will be more.”

Headteachers Rob Harmer, of St Mary’s, and Roger Grant, of Trinity, have said they will work with parents to solve the problem.

Mr Harmer said: “There are a few drivers who are parking without consideration for the sight lines. As soon as we heard about it from the residents, we informed our parents to ensure that they are considerate. We have also been in contact with Henley Town Council and the police.”

Mr Grant said he would ask parents “to exercise common sense and abide by the rules and laws of the road”.

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