Disabled Parking At School ‘Not Enforceable’

The Five Islands School

The School Project Board is to address the new school parking issues.

It follows a number of complaints over the lack of spaces at the new site and the situation appears to have been made more difficult as three bays are still occupied by building materials.

And the two parking bays set aside for disabled users have been occupied by able-bodied drivers.

That’s prompted an appeal from child minder and parent, Helen Glenn, for motorists not to use the reserved spaces.

Helen says she appreciates that there are issues with safe access to, and parking at, the school but using a disabled space, “just for a minute” or because you are running late isn’t acceptable.

She’s urging parents who have found the situation difficult to take it up with the Town Hall.

St Mary’s police chief Colin Taylor says he has had meetings with the Council’s Penny Penn Howard over child safety concerns but as it currently stands the disabled spaces aren’t legally enforceable.

The School Project board is to write to all parents once they have had discussions with the police.

4 Responses to Disabled Parking At School ‘Not Enforceable’

  1. Crazy Jezzer March 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Here’s a crazy idea: if the nowhere car park is busy, keep driving to the health centre car park. I realise it’s 40 seconds further, but stay with me. Drop off the kids, who will have a not-unreasonable 4 minute downhill walk into school, past a field full of cute farm animals, then take your time to turn around in an empty car park, free of stress and knowing that the burden on the nowhere car park has been eased by your consideration. You’re welcome.

    • Lynn March 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Jezzer, thats a great idea for older children but the younger ones couldn’t cross the road alone and have to be taken in and “handed over” at the bell as there is no pre-school supervision, so these parents do need to park and wait with their children. To my knowledge there has not been a problem with just dropping off by the school anyway.

  2. Gordon Bilsborough March 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    It was a big mistake not to have provided more general parking spaces at the school in the first place. People who come from some distance or in the pouring rain should not be lectured about cycling or “using their legs.” A little realism is required.

  3. Karen March 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    They may not be legally enforceable however hopefully they can be conscientiously enforceable?
    It would help those parents who need them.