• Thursday , 23 November 2017

Make parking safely around schools your New Year’s resolution

Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year.

Our CCTV camera car issued well over 600 fines in the two months before Christmas and it’s back on the road this week as the schools return after the holidays.

So, if the risk of seriously injuring a child by parking dangerously isn’t enough, please make it your New Year’s resolution not to park badly around our schools.

Cameracar1It’s one of the issues I and the council get the most complaints about.

For some reason, the message about parking safely around schools doesn’t seem to get through to everyone.

So, the camera car could be at any of Sandwell’s schools on any given day.

And it’s worth knowing that the car doesn’t have to stop to issue a fine – it’s automatic and a fine will arrive in the post.

I’d also like to ask schools to warn parents about the camera car and ask them to think again before they park on the zigzag lines.

The car is also issuing fines to drivers parked on pedestrian crossings, red routes, loading bays and in bus stops.

I’ll update you later in the year but I hope the message does get through to the minority who continue to park dangerously.


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  • stephnie hancock January 8, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I commented on a previous post about this regarding a car park on the corner of Clyde Street/Bearmore Road in Cradley Heath that has 24 spaces but it’s permanently locked. This car park is right next to Corngreaves Academy and would provide safe parking for parents who, for whatever reason, have to drive their children to school. It seems very silly that it’s closed, especially in light of this reecent campaign on parking around schools. You said you were going to look into this, did you? .

  • Darren Cooper January 8, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Hi Stephnie Yes I did look into the car park you suggested. I thought we had got back to you. My apologies if thats not the case. I will chase this up today.

  • Chris Severn May 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Darren, I’m glad SMBC is cracking down on parking around schools but these are not the only parking problems. Vehicles are regularly parking illegally on Kingsway, Oldbury, outside Astbury Court. Sadly, many car owners feel the need to park on the pavement along Kingsway and, though I understand this isn’t illegal unless other parking restrictions are breached, the vehicles I have noted are parked on the pavement despite the zigzag lines protecting the crossing just opposite Apsley Rd. These include a Mark Group liveried truck which is always parked on the pavement, a dark pickup and a dark coloured van. I visit my mother in Astbury Court daily. Every single day, the Mark Group van is parked on the pavement. This means my mother and other Astbury Ct residents have to negotiate their way around this and the other vehicles in order to cross Kingsway safely. Can you please do something about this so that my mother and local residents with children can use the crossing and negotiate the pavement safely? Many thanks.

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