Safety measures aimed at preventing “poor and inconsiderate” parking have been installed outside two Lincoln schools. Lincolnshire County Council has installed wooden posts near to St Francis Hill School on Bristol Drive to stop parents from parking illegally when coming to pick up their children.
The council also repainted the ‘keep clear’ markings outside of Bracebridge Infant School on Francis Street ahead of pupils returning next Tuesday. It follows concerns raised at various meetings by Labour councillor and school governor Kev Clarke around “poor and inconsiderate parking outside schools in the Boultham division”.
Councillor Clarke said: “I understand completely the fact that parents are sometimes rushing to drop children off due to work commitments, however the safety of all children must be the first, second and last priority. I can’t understand why people believe that parking outside of schools is somehow different to other day-to-day parking, you never see cars being left outside train stations or supermarket entrances, but yet it is deemed ok to do so outside of schools.”
Attempts to solve the situation previously included a CCTV vehicle and traffic wardens patrolling, however, Councillor Clarke said the issue persisted. The school itself also sent newsletters to parents.
Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for highways Councillor Richard Davies said: “Parking outside of schools is a big cause of concern for us, so we’re proactively doing what we can to prevent this. Ensuring the safety of all children is our top priority, so we hope these measures will prevent vehicles from illegally parking up outside of these Lincoln schools.”