Northampton headteacher calls for more police patrols to help control dangerous parking at school

ST James School NNL-150414-102156009
ST James School NNL-150414-102156009

More patrols by police officers near a Northampton school would help reduce the risk to children posed by parents’ dangerous parking, a headteacher has said.

Streets near St James CEVA Primary School, in Harlestone Road, are packed with cars during the school run.

There’s no excuse for parking on a corner so that drivers can’t see.

Julie Barke

But irritation from residents about congestion has turned into worries about safety from the school because parking very close to junctions has become a regular occurrence.

Julie Barke, headteacher at St James CEVA Primary School, said she could understand why so many parents chose to drive to the school rather than walk out of convenience. But she said endangering children was a different matter.

She said: “There’s no excuse for parking on a corner so that drivers can’t see.

“We’ve put an A-board in front of the school with a safety message on it, but the impact of that is soon lost.”

Mrs Barke said she would like highways staff from Northamptonshire County Council to visit the problem roads, which include the ‘Scottish Streets’ of Glasgow Street, Fife Street and Argyle Street as well as Vicarage Road, to see if better traffic enforcement could be put in place.

She added: “I know they are short of resources, but ideally we’d also want the police community safety team to come round when parents weren’t expecting it to have a word with any causing a problem.”

After the Chron approached Northamptonshire Police with the concerns, Sgt Nick Paul, from the safer community team, said: “We were not aware of concerns regarding parking in that area, however, where possible we will attempt to carry out patrols.

“We would always advise parents to park considerately, especially in areas where young people are likely to be using the roads.”