Nuisance parking outside schools a priority for Fairfield officers

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Police officers in Fairfield are urging local parents and carers to be considerate to pedestrians, other road users and homeowners when dropping off their children at schools in the area.

Members of the area’s Safer Neighbourhood team have set the issue as their new policing priority following a meeting with local residents on Thursday, November 19.

Community members voiced concerns about double parking outside schools and drivers blocking roads, driveways and pavements, meaning pedestrians have to walk into the road at busy times.

PCSO Sally Bowden from the team said: “The majority of drivers are very considerate but there are a few that are unfortunately causing problems for other road users, local residents and pedestrians.

“I would urge drivers to be mindful of where they are parking and if a road, pavement or driveway is blocked even for a minute, to please park somewhere else and be considerate to others.”

Officers will be working to tackle the issue by stepping up patrols around local schools at peak periods including drop off and pick up times and working with schools to encourage safe and responsible parking and with partner agencies to help educate youngsters about road safety.

They will also be advising drivers about their parking and encouraging them to think of alternative places to drop off and wait for their children.

To speak to a member of your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.

You can also follow the team on Twitter for the latest policing news in your community @FairfieldSNT.