Parents face fines for illegal parking outside schools


Since the start of the school term police officers have attended all the schools in Wilmslow, Handforth and Alderley Edge to address the problem of illegal parking.

Since Thursday 3rd September a total of 82 Parking Advisory Notices have been handed out, 34 verbal warnings have been given to drivers and 9 Fixed Penalty Notices (£30 fine) have been issued.

PC Richard Wadsworth explained "We are responding to situations we have seen as well as to comments from the public. We have been trying to educate drivers as to their parking by either talking to them or issuing parking advisory notices. When parking has been particularly inconsiderate or dangerous a fixed penalty notice has been issued.

"Parking on pavements or where an obstruction is caused is not permitted. Vehicles are not allowed to be parked on zig zags or within 10 metres of a junction.

"We would ask all parents to park considerately and safely when attending schools in order to create a safe environment for children and parents alike. The parking operation will be ongoing on a regular basis and as the schools have been back for a few weeks now the period of grace is drawing to an end and we will give more consideration to the use of £30 fixed penalty notices as opposed to advisory notices."

Cheshire Constabulary will be working with the schools and Cheshire East Council in order to look at longer term solutions.

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

Andrew Stephenson
Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 6:12 pm
PC Wadsworth says vehicles are not allowed to park within 10 metres of a junction. That is not what my wife was told by a local PC when she complained about a vehicle parked opposite our junction. He told her that it was not an offence any more and the vehicle was entitled to be there and therefore would not take any action. Vehicle still there blocking a clear view of our exit. So who is right ? She got a real telling off for complaining
David Hoyle
Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 9:56 pm
The police should come and patrol Ullswater Road Handforth and adjoining roads in the morning and afternoon and see how inconsiderate parents park their cars ,blocking drives,double parking and parking on footpaths.
Sarah Paterson
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 8:26 am
Andrew, it is not an offence in the Highway Code to park within 10 metres opposite a junction. It is a "should not" so therefore each case is determined by a PC on their direction, ie, dangerous or an obstruction. Opposite is rarely a visual obstruction, just extra care needed when you exit your road.
Trevor Lambert
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 5:13 pm
You might want to check regularly on Pownhall Hall School as every possible offence is being committed daily, if only for the sake of their own children. Speeding in Carwood Road morning and afternoon is commonplace, too.
Sandra Griffiths
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 5:46 pm
David I am in total agreement with you about the dreadful parking on Ullswater Road, parents just leave their cars anywhere, no consideration whatsoever for others who live on the road or who have to drive down it!
Sarah Paterson
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 6:15 pm
I agree David and Sandra. Rather than give warning notices to every vehicle within 10 metres of junctions, as that is often causing no danger or obstruction, fixed penalties should be given immediately to every vehicle parked dangerously or causing an obstruction. Sticking padantacly to the rules is an unnecessary waste of time and resources.
Mike Brownbridge
Thursday 24th September 2015 at 4:07 pm
I am afraid that the same goes for many parents of children at Gorsey Bank school, with Gorsey Rd. & Priory Rd. jammed with cars & 4x4's across peoples drives, on actual bends (never mind within 10 metres of them) on the pavement & across double yellow lines, each morning & afternoon.

The irony of such lazy & selfish parking is that such people (mainly mothers of 4x4's) put other parents & their children at risk because of their unwillingness to walk 250 yards & park properly.