Parents blast parking scheme that ‘traumatises’ kids forced to walk to school

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Parents have slammed a new parking permit scheme which affects them on the school run.

They claim the initiative is creating even more stress as they try to drop off and pick up their kids.

Nottingham City Council has introduced it across the village of Wilford, NottinghamshireLive reports.

It has been introduced after a lengthy consultation which started in 2019.

The aim of the scheme was to deter commuters from parking on the narrow streets and walking into the city.

But parents say it has hit those who need to drop their children off at school.

The village has two schools, South Wilford Primary and St Patrick's Voluntary Catholic Academy.

The current scheme allows people to park in marked bays only for a maximum of three hours, with no return within a certain amount of time.

Anyone parking on the single or double yellow lines, or anywhere else outside the limited number of marked bays, faces being fined.

One parent said: "They are expecting parents to make the one or two mile journey on foot, child in tow come rain or shine. It is ludicrous.

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"Everyone is up in arms about it all, as it’s just going to be impossible."

Jane Parker, who has a two-year-old granddaughter, added:"It is hard for me, I am her grandma, and she is only in the play group but she finds the parking quite traumatic.

"It takes me about 30 minutes to walk here, if I am in a bit of a rush I will come in the car.

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"I think it is unfair on parents because they can come from all over the city now, it is not just the local catchment."

Duncan Cosgrave, who has a four-year-old, said: "I feel like they have created a second problem, unless there was a broader interest in stopping cars coming down here full-stop.

"People have to drop their kids off at school.

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“You have the old school argument with someone saying they used to walk two miles to school, but trying to work full-time as well as spending two hours per day dropping my four-year-old off is not possible.”

Residents say traffic first became a big issue after the building of a new tram stop years ago, which left it “chocker with commuters".

A council spokesman said: “Local residents who asked for the scheme now expect it to be enforced.

“This area is no different to any other across Nottingham – no open-ended grace periods are afforded outside any schools elsewhere in the city.

“There are waiting bays provided for pick-up and drop-off times, which helps to prevent the inconsiderate parking that has upset residents.

"However, safe parking doesn’t just help those who arrive by car, it also keeps the streets and pavements safe for children and parents on the school run who choose to walk or cycle.”

The scheme will remain under review, the spokesman added.

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