Dozens of fines for school gate parking


Keeping children safe at the school gate continues to be a priority for the city council’s enforcement officers, with 130 fines issued between the start of the school year last September and the end of January.

Operation Safety Net sees enforcement officers at a different school gate every morning and afternoon. Particular attention is paid to drivers who park on school zig zags, double yellow lines and dropped kerbs and there is no advance warning that officers will be paying a visit.

At St Stephen’s School in Hales Drive on Wednesday afternoon (21 February), seven penalty charge notices were issued in the space of half an hour, including to one car that was parked fully on the pavement, forcing parents with pushchairs onto the road.

Chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “Every time we promote the action we’ve taken under Operation Safety Net on social media, we get very strong support from residents. Our officers also receive lots of backing from parents on the street too, who are pleased to see us working hard to keep their children safe.

“This isn’t a money-making exercise. This is about ensuring people realise that parking where they shouldn’t can cause a real danger to others. There’s just no excuse for it and we will continue to make tackling this a key area of our work.”