The Mail is reporting on a primary school head who claims he has to act as an ‘unofficial traffic warden’ and breaking up fights between parents over parking spaces.
Stuart Pywell says parking disputes are so volatile at St Stephen’s Primary school in Canterbury, Kent, that he has to step in to stop parents swinging punches.
He claims that arguments erupt as parents block driveways, refusing to move for other traffic.
Mr Pywell said that parking on zig-zag lines are a twice-daily headache for him and that the school has resorted to placing yellow warning signs around the gates in an effort to encourage drivers to avoid bad habits.
He said: ‘I go out there at the end of the day when it’s at its worst, but these days some parents are more likely to tell you where to go than do the right thing.
‘I’ve been sworn at by parents when I’ve asked them to move. We’ve even had to deal with fights, two since Christmas.
‘You get people parking over the driveways of homes and then just abandoning their cars.’
…He added: ‘We’ve had the police and PCSOs up here and nothing really happens. Our yellow warning signs are as good as any people…’
This story is actually wrapped up in a disagreement over the redeployment of traffic wardens after they were replaced by automatic barriers and number plate recognition systems at local car parks, but what do you think of the situation Stuart Pywell describes?
Is this becoming more and more of an issue at many primary schools now?
If so, has anyone found a successful approach to dealing with it?
Please let us know your best advice in the comments or via Twitter…
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