Mum unable to get 'urgently' ill child to hospital after school-run parents blocked drive

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Mum unable to get 'urgently' ill child to hospital after school-run parents blocked drive

Residents have now pledged to take numberplate details and report offenders to police

School-run parents have been slammed for parking across driveways in Marske, after a mum could not get their "urgently" ill child to hospital because they were blocked in.

A post on Facebook says fed-up residents of Westgarth Close have "decided to take immediate action" after a child required "urgent medical attention". 

They are warning parents parking in the area to drop off and pick up their kids at local primary schools , who might be thinking about parking "inconsiderately" across people's drives.

According to the post on Facebook: " [Police] have advised all residents of Westgarth Close to take the registration number of any offending vehicles and call 101 immediately to report it."

"As this is a twice/ thrice daily event they are going to be busy," it continued.

"The police have also asked the homeowners NOT to ask the drivers to move - or to get into an argument with them

"They are simply to phone 101 and report the registration number.

"The first thing the inconsiderate parent will know about this is when they get a tap on the car window from a police officer outside or a visit to their home."

Matters came to a head this week when a "child resident" of Westgarth Close had needed "urgent medical attention at hospital", they claimed.

"His mother’s vehicle was blocked on the driveway due to the inconsiderate parking of a primary school parent waiting to pick up their own child," they added.

Posters on social media supported residents, saying: "Good, sharp shock, i.e. the police turning up on their doorstep and/or a fine - or worse - will spread the word faster."

'Whatever happened to kids walking to school?'

But some questioned why there were so many cars at drop-off and pick-up times in the first place, posting: "Whatever happened to kids walking to school?".

"Areas grew and schools didn’t," another replied, "many children now attend a school out of their catchment area and therefore out of walking distance."

Meanwhile the Mermaid pub in the town has cleared up rumours they have stopped school-run drivers parking in their carpark.

For years people have used the Redcar Road pub's facilities at busy times when dropping off and collecting their little ones.

 
The Mermaid pub, Marske

A spokesperson for the pub said parents using the car park during the day to attend school Christmas nativities had caused problems - but they were still welcome to use the car park at main school-run times.

"It affects our morning deliveries," the pub said. 

"We are happy for parents to park to drop their little ones at school on a morning and pick them up.

"But we have two deliveries a day and this is affecting trade when parents park to visit their children's play etc. We hope you understand."

And one grateful parent added: "Think we all need to buy a carvery / pizza/ burger to say thanks to the Mermaid for continuing to let people use their car park."

While another resident seemed to have spotted a business opportunity amid the dispute.

They added: "I can arrange parking for two cars £20 each a week near the school if it helps."

Cleveland Police has said motorists obstructing driveways is "mainly a council issue" and whether or not the parking is illegal depends on the "type of obstruction and whether there could be any lives at risk".

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

The street parking outside your home isn’t a legal entitlement and people blocking your driveway aren't - technically - doing anything wrong.

However there are measures outlined by the Highway Code that could mean you have a case against somebody parking inconsiderately.

According to the code, you must not park:

  • On a pedestrian crossing, including the area marked by the zig-zag lines
  • In marked taxi bays
  • In a cycle lane
  • On red lines
  • In spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders, residents or motorbikes (unless entitled to do so)
  • Near a school entrance
  • Anywhere that would prevent access for Emergency Services
  • At or near a bus/tram stop
  • Opposite or within 10 metres of a junction
  • OVER a dropped kerb
  • In front of the entrance to a property

If someone is blocking your driveway, or their wheel is over the dropped kerb, they are committing a parking offence.

Vehicles parked across dropped kerbs can be ticketed, even if they're not fully blocking it.

But parking very close to a dropped kerb or directly opposite it isn't illegal, even if it restricts access.

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