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Parking crackdown outside Northampton schools sees drivers fined and warnings issued

The police, school parking warden, Northampton Borough Council and school staff trying to highlight and prevent parking problems at Eastfield Primary School. 
School parking warden NP060, Chris Hill, head of Eastfield Primary School, Councillor David Mackintosh, PCSO Mark Foster and PC Lisa Pickersgill.

The police, school parking warden, Northampton Borough Council and school staff trying to highlight and prevent parking problems at Eastfield Primary School. School parking warden NP060, Chris Hill, head of Eastfield Primary School, Councillor David Mackintosh, PCSO Mark Foster and PC Lisa Pickersgill.

A CRACKDOWN on dangerous parking around schools could be rolled out across Northampton following the success of an initial campaign.

Seven drivers were issued with fines, while many more received warnings, as a result of joint action by Northampton Borough Council, the county council and the police.

Launched last September, the safety campaign is aimed at highlighting and preventing dangerous parking around schools in the north of the town.

Police, parking attendants and council officers made unannounced visits to 17 schools in response to an increasing number of concerns about inconsiderate parking, particularly around the start and end of the school day.

Philip Buckle, headteacher of Boothville Primary School, in Booth Lane North, said he would welcome another spot check.

He said since the school was visited in October last year, he had heard very few complaints from neighbours or parents.

Mr Buckle said: “I think it’s a good idea because it helps relationships between the community and schools because some parents do park badly.

“I think it did raise awareness here and I think it’s a campaign that’s worth pursuing.”

More unannounced safety spot checks are planned during 2012 and the idea of rolling out the checks to other areas of the town is being discussed.

Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm), is leader of the borough council and has responsibility for community safety.

He said: “Our over-riding concern is for the safety of children and so we urge parents and people who use their cars to get to and from school to park safely, considerately and legally.”

 

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