Parents urged to park considerately as kids return to school


Parking outside schools is a significant problem across Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Handforth so with the new school year about to begin parents are reminded to be mindful when dropping off or picking up their children and not to fall into the habit of parking illegally or in a thoughtless or dangerous manner.

PCSO Chris Hopkins said "The area outside school entrances must be kept clear to allow an unrestricted view for approaching drivers and riders or children wanting to cross the road. Road markings are there for a reason and drivers must not wait, park, or stop to set down and pick up passengers on school entrance markings."

Parents are also reminded not to park inconsiderately and in a way which will inconvenience residents, other road users or in a way that obstructs the road.

Macclesfield Local Policing unit will be running initiatives throughout the Autumn term to target illegal parking around the schools. To help you avoid any enforcement action parents are advised to not stop or park near a school entrance, on any zig-zag road markings, at or near a bus or taxi rank or anywhere you would prevent access for emergency services.

Parents are also reminded not to park opposite or within 10 metres of a junction, where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and mobility vehicles, in front of an entrance to a property or on a bend.

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

John Clegg
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 11:51 am
Of course, all the car journeys to school are necessary because people are so busy that they can't walk the kids to school.
I know there will be persuasive reasons as to why some can't walk their kids there - but everyone?
Pamela Savage
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 2:10 pm
I for one get very frustrated when the cars picking up children in the afternoon`s from Lindow School, park opposite each other, down Popular Avenue giving very little room to get past, also parking on the corners and the bend. I know Parents have to park somewhere, but this is an accident waiting to happen.
Simon Worthington
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 3:02 pm
They have to drive them to school to keep them safe (and dry) from all the other people driving their kids to school.
Pamela Savage
Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 7:32 pm
Apologies to Lindow School, it`s the parents picking their children up from Ashdene School, who get me frustrated.
Andrew Stephenson
Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 8:27 pm
I regularly walk with my grand daughter down Moor Lane and Chapel Lane, in her buggy. Not only do we have to negotiate uneven pavements but the cars parked on the footpath or sticking out of drives. Not only is this inconsiderate but dangerous as I have to wheel the buggy in to the road.

I do not know how this can be tackled as I am sure that the police have more important things to do. Perhaps a regular PCSO visit to the problem areas/
Terry Roeves
Friday 4th September 2015 at 10:57 am
By coincidence, was waiting to pick up g'son from school in Macc at 4:00pm several hundred yards from the school, I did a rough and ready traffic analysis. He was late,eventually arriving at 4:20pm
8 out of 10 cars had one lady driver, with or without a school pupil passenger.