Clamping down on bad parking

Normanton police who are clamping down on illegal parking around schools in the area. PCSO Katie Hester in the CCTV van

Normanton police who are clamping down on illegal parking around schools in the area. PCSO Katie Hester in the CCTV van

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PARENTS causing traffic chaos by parking illegally outside schools are the targets of a new police sting.

Operation Maintain – launched by Featherstone neighbourhood policing team (NPT) – will see drivers slapped with fines for parking on double yellow lines, crosshatching and pavements at well-known traffic hotspots.

Officers will also be using CCTV equipment to help capture law-breakers and stamp out parking problems for good.

NPT officer PC Tim Saxon, who kicked off the clampdown, said: “We are trying to make it safer for children to get to school without the risk of getting hit.

“We have tried lots of things in the past but parking outside schools is always an issue. It is not just those who park illegally, but drivers who park inconsiderately cause a nuisance.

“We want people to think about using walking bus services, car sharing or parking that bit further away and walking to school.”

Police say they are targeting schools where parking problems are rife, including outside St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School on Cutsyke Road, All Saints’ J&I School on North Close and Purston Infant School on Nunns Lane.

PC Saxon said the NPT had worked with headteachers, pupils and parents in the past to stop people parking cars illegally but despite warnings, roads outside school gates were still clogged up by inconsiderate drivers who were putting lives at risk.

Drivers will face fines from £30 and if disputed, CCTV images could be used in court proceedings.