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Parking Congestion Will Result In A Fatality, Says Group Leader

Tuesday December 24 2013

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A CONCERNED crime group leader says parking congestion outside a care home and primary school is going to result in a death.

Jeanette Edwards, chairman of Penistone west crime and safety, says emergency vehicles are being prevented from accessing Buckingham Care Home, off Green Lane, due to parents blocking the entrance with their cars as they collect children from the adjacent St John's Primary School in afternoons.

Mrs Edwards says two ambulances have been blocked getting in and out of the care home in the last couple of weeks.

"It's beyond a joke now, people are too complacent," she said. "Somebody is going to die."

Mandy Bennett, regional manager for Crown Care which runs the home, said there had been a number of occasions where ambulances had been unable to access the building.

"We can't put people at risk by allowing people to park there," she said. "We've put polite notices on windscreens and on occasions we've been out and spoken to people.

"We're really at a loss at what we can do."

St John's headteacher Antoinette Drinkhill said she was concerned about the situation before the home opened last year and the school would welcome any ideas to resolve the situation, although it's constrained by finances.

"We try to manage it the best we can," she added. "The bulk of our parents and visitors to the home are considerate."

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Reply Posted by Ariel C on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 11:52
Time and time again it has been mentioned in the school newsletter, do not block the care home entrance yet some parents still do so. In my opinion its pure laziness on the parents part, there is parking if you are prepared to walk a few blocks and it is perfectly safe if you use the crossing patrol provided. On the occasion we collect our son by car we always park around the corner. The few spaces along the road should only be used by those who need them, for example, those collecting children who have a disability and cannot walk far.

Reply Posted by yanks on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 12:31
Want to try driving a bus through.
No one cares anymore.
You could put lines down but no one gived the slightest. Put fouble yellows down people still park on them and they seam to thing by putting hazards on they become invisible and less of an obstruction.
Its the ssme everywhere.
Low valley

Reply Posted by Dale on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 12:38
Just put the good old double yellow lines down, I think preventing a death is more important than pure ignorance when those parents cannot be bothered. I'm sure walking a block or two won't hurt them. I'd feel abolutely guilty if I was parked in a place where an ambulance couldn't get passed to help save one of our Senior Citizens lives. I think the council needs to enforce some sort of parking restrictions around the area of the school as parents will never listen, however I would like to thank those who do listen.

Reply Posted by Jack on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 13:59
If double yellow lines are put down and the parking enforced then disabled blue badge holders can still park there legally. What they are not allowed to do is cause an obstruction.

Reply Posted by Concerned mum on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 14:06
It's not just parents parking that will cause problems - when the building was being built it clearly said on a sign at bottom of road'no lorries between 3-15 - 3.45' yet it was ignored and the speed some visitors drive up to the home is unsafe for the children leaving school - it's an age old issue and probably won't be resolved until there is an accident then it's too late

Reply Posted by Sarah on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 14:28
Why don't the council increase the amount of traffic warden patrols at school drop off/ collection times? New 'no parking' signs would need to be put up. I know its not favourable but their presence would surely put people off.

Reply Posted by yellow lines on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 14:36
sarah - how many do you suggest? cut backs all over Barnsley. Wake up Girl. If the inconsiderate parents parked sensible in the first place..problem solved..

Reply Posted by Kfc on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 15:03
Take photos of the parents cars and place them on there school websites as parents get there fat lazy arses out of the cars.

Name and shame them

Reply Posted by Warrior on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 15:05
@sarah It's called common sense

Reply Posted by g on Thursday December 26 2013 at 12:56
do what they do in barnsley send the coucil camera car up penistone is no different to rest of borough even though it as its share of coucillers living there send a few fines through post it ll stop and refer to highway code rules if its a obstucting problem prosecute em and surely even penistone as a comunity safety officer that the school can bring in

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Thursday December 26 2013 at 15:46
school traffick.....it does mi hedin..

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Friday December 27 2013 at 21:09
Let's hope fire engine doesn't have to get by, as they will force their way through and if car is damaged so be it...and don't try to claim on fire service insurance you won't get anything.

Reply Posted by Ja on Friday December 27 2013 at 22:36
Let's hope a fire engine needs to go up there 1 day then it a take out the car that are badly parked

Reply Posted by Jas on Saturday December 28 2013 at 06:56
the normal laws of the road don't seem to apply when dropping the little darling off at school. people turning round in the road or just stopping to let their kids out (sometimes in to the road) and even going the wrong way up a one way street.
Fine them! hit them in the pocket and maybe they will think twice.
Planning departments really need to think about roads and access when agreeing all these new housing developments. Just because there is room to put 100 houses on a bit of land doesn't mean the vilage can take another 200 cars!!

Reply Posted by kirsty on Saturday December 28 2013 at 10:12
Aren't majority of kids within walking distance of the school anyway?? Why drive to school in the first place?

Reply Posted by green x man on Saturday December 28 2013 at 10:53
That was in the olden days @kirsty.

Reply Posted by kay on Saturday December 28 2013 at 22:47
My daughters go to this school we walk everyday. The issue is a nightmare not only on the road leading to the school but along the main road in the school area. I have a pram and a four year old and because people are parking on the pavement there as been several occasions where I couldn't get through with the pram. It definitely needs something doing it's dangerous

Reply Posted by Ariel C on Tuesday December 31 2013 at 20:21
You would think that Kirsty but the amount of parents I see loading their kids into cars along my less than eight minute walk to the school is ridiculous.

Reply Posted by TC on Tuesday December 31 2013 at 20:22
Parking is a problem at the majority of schools. Begs the question; why aren't schools being built with adequate parking or pick-up/drop-off circles? Since the abolition of catchment areas it's normal for children to live quite a distance from their chosen school plus working parents drop-off then drive on to work. Due to this, people need to drive so plan for & safely accommodate them when building these places!

Reply Posted by gilly on Tuesday December 31 2013 at 20:37
The parking nr school is stupid I won't park nr Wiseman's its silly now and on the little lane the school is on its NOT just parents that park there staff of both the school and nursing home also park there !!! Its a silly place t put it n will cause even more stress n hassle when the buildings finally merge :/ xx

ipso Regulated