WISBECH: Parents call for action over inconsiderate parking outside Grammar School

EXCLUSIVE by: MAGGIE GIBSON THE head of Wisbech Grammar School says he will ask parents to show more consideration after complaints that their driving is putting lives at risk when they drop off and collect their children Headmaster Nicholas Hammond said

EXCLUSIVE by: MAGGIE GIBSON

THE head of Wisbech Grammar School says he will ask parents to show more consideration after complaints that their driving is putting lives at risk when they drop off and collect their children

Headmaster Nicholas Hammond said he would ask parents to show "due consideration when driving in the vicinity of the school".

He told one complainant: "This may help, although my words do not have the weight of the law!"


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Mr Hammond said new traffic management measures being considered by Fenland District Council could improve the situation.

His response was sent to Andrew and Jayne Denby who take their autistic son Daniel to Meadowgate School but complained about the "feckless" behaviour of grammar school parents as they negotiated North Brink

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"Patrons of the school seem to think that their privilege extends to totally disregarding the laws of the road, local parking restrictions and the safety of other road users, all whilst demonstrating a clear sense of their own superiority," said Mr Denby of Wisbech St Mary.

He is worried someone could be injured or killed and contacted Fenland District Council after several incidents, but one in particular when his wife was involved in a near miss accident when a parent pulled out and accelerated towards her.

"The driver of the vehicle in question actually laughed at my wife and let his car lurch towards her vehicle suggesting he would crash into it if she didn't move," said Mr Denby.

"I would suggest that before a child gets run over or a vehicle ends up going through the river wall that parking controls and the rules of the road are vigorously enforced.

Mr Denby says he has been angered by the school's reply to his concerns and feels Mr Hammond should not sit back and expect the council to sort out the problems.

"Frankly I care little who initiates the required action provided that this matter is moved promptly forward," he added.

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