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Residents’ fury over parking at Batley school

Residents are complaining about parking on Carlinghow Hill around Batley Grammar School.

Residents are complaining about parking on Carlinghow Hill around Batley Grammar School.

A row over parents parking at a school has intensified.

Residents and a councillor have called for parents to take more responsibility when dropping off their children outside Batley Grammar School.

Paul Halloran, of Carlinghow Hill, said it was common practice for parents to block pavements, driveways and junctions on streets surrounding during peak times.

He said: “Someone is going to get killed. An ambulance recently could not get down the road and was blaring its horn for them to move.

“The parents have a total disregard for the law.”

Coun Peter O’Neill (Lab, Batley West) said Kirklees Council had made a number of suggestions to help the school cope with the traffic issues.

He said: “We have talked about a number of schemes including park and stride but really the parents need to change their behaviour.”

In an email to residents, senior traffic investigation officer Karen North said since April this year, only five tickets had been issued by police.

Mr Halloran said the police and school needed a greater presence at busy periods.

He said: “My children go to St John Fisher and they have staff on patrol all the time. Why can’t this school take the same approach?”

Batley Grammar School bursar Neil Lee said they held regular assemblies with pupils and sent letters to parents discussing ways to reduce traffic at peak times.

 

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