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Parents warned to park legally

Published Thursday, 19 March 2015

Enfield Council has launched a clampdown on parents who park illegally during the school run and endanger the lives of children and parents.

The council is setting up a rapid response team of parking enforcement officers totour schools on random days during the morning and afternoon school runs to tackle the problem of motorists who park illegally.

A league table showing the 10 schools where most parking tickets were issued at drop off and pick up time shows that between 1 January and 31 December last year, 181 people received penalty charge notices outside St Andrews Primary School in Churchbury Lane, and a further 160 got FPNs for parking illegally outside Enfield County School in Rosemary Avenue, Enfield.

The remaining eight schools in the top 10 were Eversley Primary School, Southgate School, Highfield Primary School, The Chesterfield School, Wilbury Primary School, St Marys Primary School, Chase Side Primary School and Honilands Primary School.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “The vast majority of parents park responsibly when dropping off or collecting their children from school but unfortunately there is a small minority that can’t be bothered to do that and instead choose to cause chaos by dumping their car wherever they choose.

 “There is absolutely no excuse at all for parking illegally outside schools, it endangers children, disrupts traffic and causes chaos during the morning rush hour.

"We understand that many parents have to take their children to school in the car, but there are a wide range of options available to parents when taking their children to school which do not involve parking illegally.

”We are determined to tackle the issue of unsafe parking outside schools and we have set up this rapid response team to stamp out this issue, it is important for motorists to understand that parking illegally outside schools is dangerous and endangers the safety of children and their parents.”

 Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “We work closely with schools to provide a wide range of options for parents who travel to school with their children so that they can arrive safely and in good time.

 “Our main aim is to reduce accidents and disruption around our schools and improve the traffic flow during the school rush hours because that benefits children, parents and commuters.”

“Where that doesn’t work we’ll be cracking down on dangerous and inappropriate parking close to school sites. We are taking this robust approach because safety is paramount and it is part of our wider efforts to give families safe and sustainable access to schools.”

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