Parents criticise crackdown on school parking

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ANGRY parents have criticised traffic policing outside a Bury St Edmunds primary school after a crackdown on illegal parking.

Parents picking their children up from Guildhall Feoffment Primary School in Bridewell Lane say there have been police community support officers patrolling outside the school moving cars on and issuing tickets.

Lucie Falco, who has a four-year-old at the school said: “It is ridiculous. It is upsetting the majority of people here and we are just trying to pick up our children.”

Parent Simon Basson, said: “We have had PCSO’s patrolling around the area telling people to move on and issuing tickets – it has gone beyond a joke.”

Headteacher Sue Herriott said although police had given parents some leeway to pick up their children between 3pm and 3.25pm, some people were parking along the road much earlier.

She said: “I think we have to say that Bury is a town where parking, as with many old towns in the country, is a problem. The school has certain privileges granted by the police where parents can park along the road between 3pm and 3.25pm. If the concession says 3pm and you arrive at 2.30pm presumably that will cause there to be a problem.”

A police spokeswoman said residents had complained about parking in the area.

She said: “Bridewell Lane is a restricted parking area with double yellow lines, therefore it is an enforceable area. Roadworks around the town recently have made it more difficult for people to park in nearby roads which has increased traffic congestion and caused obstructions.”