Parents hit by parking penalties outside schools

CANTRELL PRIMARY SCHOOL, where some of the parking penalty notices were issued.
CANTRELL PRIMARY SCHOOL, where some of the parking penalty notices were issued.

A clampdown has snared parents who park illegally outside schools in the Bulwell area.

Residents who live in the vicinity of four primary schools -- Cantrell, Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour Roman Catholic, Rise Park and Stanstead -- are fed-up with parents who cause congestion or block driveways to their homes while picking up or dropping off their children.

Now their complaints have led to enforcement officers from Nottingham City Council issuing fixed penalty notices. A total of 20 drivers, whose cars were parked close to schools, were handed fines of £35, which rise to £70 if they are not paid promptly.

Coun Alan Clark (Lab), who represents the Bulwell Forest ward on the council, said the penalties followed the protests of nearby residents.

The council makes regular visits to schools to check on any parking problems. Warnings are given before the penalty notices are issued, and the schools often advise parents of what they should do.

Parking has been an issue outside Cantrell Primary for many years dating back to 2008 when a meeting heard that the cars of some parents caused such an obstruction that residents couldn’t park on their own driveways.