Selfish school run parents cause havoc for neighbours and turn grass verges into bogs

Resident living near Castle Mead Academy in Leicester have seen the grassy areas outside their homes turned into muddy bogs by selfish parents on the school run

Parents dropping off their children at Castle Mead Academy
Parents dropping off their children at Castle Mead Academy

Selfish parents on the school run have been causing havoc for neighbours with their parking.

A school in Leicester has created a nightmare for the street’s residents with parents on the school run turning the grass verges into bogs with their parking.

Castle Mead Academy sits on the outskirts of Leicester, and residents along Tudor Road, where its’ located, have been left furious by parents collecting and dropping off their kids LeicestershireLive reports.

One resident said: “A lot of people use [Tudor Road] as a shortcut, so traffic down here is historically a nightmare because it’s not resident parking, so you have people who work in town parking here. The traffic here is absolutely terrible.

“With this new academy opening, while I think it’s absolutely fantastic for the area, it just seems to have added more traffic.

The grass on Tudor Road has been turned into a bog by parents’ parking


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“The issue that we’ve got here is where Tudor Road opens up, there’s a grassy area which is all double yellow parking and the parents have started parking on the grass verges.”

When he raised the issue, they said some parents told anyone who questioned them that they can’t be stopped because they cannot receive parking tickets for parking on the grass.

And with the changing wetter weather, the once lush green areas have been turned into a muddy bog right outside their homes.

On top of that, the issue of speeding, despite the fact they are all their for school, has been an issue.

They added: “Once they’ve collected their children, they just scream off at full-pelt.

“With the kids who are walking home, it’s just an accident waiting to happen, I think, because King Richard’s Road [the road on the other side of the school] is really busy as well.

“The school does have people on the gates, but once the kids are out of that area, a lot of them are running around.”

Four months ago the resident flagged the issue with the school and local councillors but has yet to see the problem improve despite the academies quick reply.

The school sent letters to parents and even set up an agreement with a local Tesco to park there, but nothing has changed.

Even when parking wardens have been present, nothing can be done because they are parking on grass.

Head teacher, Tom Hague, told LeicestershireLive: “We are aware that some local residents have raised concerns about parking, and we are working with parents to remind them to be courteous and respectful of the community when picking up and dropping off at school.

“We have our own designated drop-off facility in place as part of our new school, and have worked with the city council transport strategy team to both encourage walking and cycling to school as well as setting up a ‘park and stride’ scheme from the local Tesco store.

“We will continue to liaise with parents and work with all parties to ensure a sustainable resolution is reached.”

Local councillor for the ward, Sue Waddington, said: “[The resident] has written to me twice and provided photographs to indicate the problems being caused by irresponsible parking near the school.

“I’m grateful to him for reporting these problems because I know they are causing great inconvenience to residents.

“I have contacted the police, the school and highways [department] about this and was told that inspections and visits had been increased.

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“However the parking problems that he has reported again are still creating difficulties and I have contacted highways again.

“I am told that new measures are being considered including physical barriers to prevent some irresponsible parking and I’m waiting to learn more about the proposals from Martin Fletcher (head of highways for Leicester City Council).”

A city council spokesperson said: “We’re aware of some inconsiderate parking on the verges and pavements at the bottom of Tudor Road since the new school opened last summer.

“Our parking team has been carrying out targeted enforcement activity, but some motorists persist in parking inconsiderately.

“We are working up designs at the moment for proposals to install rails and bollards which would physically prevent parking on verges and footpaths.

“Subject to the measures being approved and availability of the materials we need, work could get underway in the spring and would cost about £10,000.

“While we appreciate it’s not always possible, we would encourage people to walk, cycle or use public transport where they can – to minimise these issues and other issues caused by caused by school run traffic.”

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