Uproar over school parking problems in Rugby

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is visiting schools to discuss the problems
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is visiting schools to discuss the problems

Traffic problems, vandalism and verbal abuse are some of the issues making life difficult for people living near busy Rugby schools.

Residents say they avoid roads during school run time and fear it’s only a matter of time before someone is hurt or killed because of careless drivers.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is concerned about the problem and will be visiting schools, starting at Brownsover Community School on Monday, to see the extent of the issue.

Cawston pensioner Lesley Morris avoids visiting his family during the school run.

“I have to go past five schools from Cawston to get to my son’s house in Hillmorton and dread going in ‘mummy time’ as we call it,” he said.

“People park on pavements, open their doors without looking, slowly help their children out with bags and lunchboxes often on the road side as well as the pavement, then hold up their hands mouthing ‘just a minute’ while getting handbags, phones, and other items before they close the door.”

Barbara Linsley, who lives in Rugby, said: “My working hours have had to be moved to enable me to get out of my road.”

Long Lawford mother Emma Whitehead said her children would love to walk to school.

“I dread to think that an accident could happen any day and parents don’t seem to take much notice when you tell them they are obstructing the view of crossing the road.”

Paul Gamble, who lives on the Glebe Estate in Rugby, has a four-year-old son who attends Riverside Academy.

He said: “I have great concerns about the parking near schools, especially opposite the entrance to Avon Valley. The footpath is very narrow and on several occasions I have seen mothers with small children in buggies having to walk in the road to get past vehicles parked on the path.”

Insp Paul Judson, of Rugby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said he was aware of the problem and steps are being taken. He added: “We have had a lot of reports about inconsiderate parking around schools in Rugby. We are working with the schools and partner agencies to tackle these problems.

“I would urge all parents to park responsibly and to bear in mind the safety of all road users, especially youngsters coming and going from schools.”

A Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately this issue is a common problem and is experienced throughout the whole country. The council is committed to road safety and has many initiatives in place. The most effective initiative to address school time issues is road safety education including messages to be taken home to parents. The council offers a range of services for schools, which have proven to be successful.

“We find this time of year the problems are at their worst, and therefore it is an ideal time for schools to request our support. Any schools interested should contact trafficandsafety@warwickshire.gov.uk.”