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Road safety campaign launched to target drivers who cause parking problems outside Groes Primary School in Port Talbot

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

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A HARD-HITTING road safety campaign has been kicked off at a Port Talbot school to change the ways of inconsiderate drivers.

Head teacher of Groes Primary School, Louise Jefford, has said she is doing all she can to solve the problem of parking outside the Margam school.

The school has faced complaints from residents in Bertha Road as parents block drives, park on corners, on pavements and on zigzag lines.

A campaign was launched yesterday with the police and the local authority to stamp down on nuisance motorists.

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Any culprits were issued with a fixed penalty, with the option to waive the notice by taking part in an interview with pupils at the school.

One of the drivers questioned by police appeared to be making an obscene gesture to our photographer.

Ms Jefford said the campaign was quite hard-hitting.

"We are hoping they will want to waive the fine and speak to the pupils," she said.

"They have got some hard- hitting questions for them, like 'what if you had knocked me over' and 'your parking could have caused an accident, what would you say to my parents?'"

She said they had been left frustrated as their efforts to prevent parking problems had so far not solved the matter.

"They have not worked and they have ignored our comments," she said.

"It is a narrow road and drivers park on the pavements so children have to step on to the road. They are putting people's lives at risk."

She added: "I have been here three years and it has always been an issue. Nobody has done this before so we are hoping it will have some impact."

Resident Sian David, 30, said the parking in Bertha could be a "nightmare".

She said: "Parents frequently block my drive and those of my neighbours. They park on corners, on the zigzag lines, up on the pavements and even in the school drive.

"The council painted white lines across all our drives last year to stop parents parking there, but they were only effective for a short while.

"It comes down to parents being irresponsible — the inconvenience they cause us is the least of the problems they could potentially cause.

"When they park across corners and up on the pavements, they make the road narrower so it would be impossible for emergency service vehicles to pass. It's only a matter of time before a child gets knocked down.

She added: "I am so glad the school has started this initiative and wish them every success. I just hope it stops the parents parking there so selfishly."

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  • clive1963  |  March 08 2013, 12:15AM

    i am a coach driver. when upon returning the pupils back to a swansea school there were cars parked in the bay outside the school as parents waited for they kids to arriveas this laybye was on a very busy road i could not stop outside so drove on for about 400 yrds to another small bay. some of the parents had to walk down the road. and gave me and the teachers a load of abuse for not stopping at the bus bay where they were parked.just goes to show how much these parents think about safety of the kids.

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  • cresswell1  |  March 07 2013, 8:39PM

    should be done at all schools, school parents are never considerate, just thick at parking

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  • bennyhill4  |  March 07 2013, 11:47AM

    I think the photograph shows how considerate and caring that particuar driver appears to be

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