Potty parking prompts residents to shame drivers

Braintree and Witham Times: Lancaster Way Lancaster Way

Exasperated Braintree residents have started sending in their pictures of potty parking near schools.

An angry Lancaster Way man, who sent in a snap of parking near John Bunyan Infant and Junior School, said: “Someone parked on the grass which has been churned up and there is now a deep muddy hole.

“The woman in the grey and black Mini actually got out of her car and left it there in the middle of the road.

“There are also cars parked on the pavement and double parked."

 

Hilary Curtis added: “Living near Rayne Primary School I'm amazed at the atrocious and selfish parking that happens as parents collect their children but Thursday, even I was gobsmacked at this ‘parked’ car.

“It was right on a junction, half on the footpath and across a dropped kerb."

 

*Have you witnessed unsafe/inconsiderate parking?
Send in your snap to bwtnews@nqe.com with details of where and when you took the photograph.

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11:23am Sun 9 Feb 14

hughie-s says...

The answer is for new schools to be drive through. All classrooms will have an external door at which a car can pull up to and mummy's little darling can step out and reach their desk with the minimum of effort.
The answer is for new schools to be drive through. All classrooms will have an external door at which a car can pull up to and mummy's little darling can step out and reach their desk with the minimum of effort. hughie-s

1:27pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Mind your own business says...

People should get a life! Don't they have anything else to worry about it their sad little lives.
People should get a life! Don't they have anything else to worry about it their sad little lives. Mind your own business

2:17pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bexy123 says...

Years ago in Bailey Bridge road an elderly lady had collapsed onto the ground & then stopped breathing. My mum's friend & I began CPR, the ambulance came from Chelmsford, they turned into Lancaster Way & it was leaving off time at the school. The cars there were either side of the road & some double parked. The police were called to force the drivers to move so the ambulance could get to us! Unfortunately the lady died, the quicker the ambulance could have got there could have made a difference to the outcome.
Years ago in Bailey Bridge road an elderly lady had collapsed onto the ground & then stopped breathing. My mum's friend & I began CPR, the ambulance came from Chelmsford, they turned into Lancaster Way & it was leaving off time at the school. The cars there were either side of the road & some double parked. The police were called to force the drivers to move so the ambulance could get to us! Unfortunately the lady died, the quicker the ambulance could have got there could have made a difference to the outcome. bexy123

3:13pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

hughie-s wrote:
The answer is for new schools to be drive through. All classrooms will have an external door at which a car can pull up to and mummy's little darling can step out and reach their desk with the minimum of effort.
Could I also suggest the drive through is under cover and heated so the little darlings can keep warm and they don't get wet!
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: The answer is for new schools to be drive through. All classrooms will have an external door at which a car can pull up to and mummy's little darling can step out and reach their desk with the minimum of effort.[/p][/quote]Could I also suggest the drive through is under cover and heated so the little darlings can keep warm and they don't get wet! Say It As It Is OK?

5:14pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Boris says...

"Potty parking"? It is selfish, it is lazy, it is much worse than potty. And as bexy123 says, it puts lives at risk.
Gazette, pleae publish enlarged photos with the car registration numbers clearly visible, so that people can identify the culprits.
"Potty parking"? It is selfish, it is lazy, it is much worse than potty. And as bexy123 says, it puts lives at risk. Gazette, pleae publish enlarged photos with the car registration numbers clearly visible, so that people can identify the culprits. Boris

6:45pm Sun 9 Feb 14

William George says...

Boris wrote:
"Potty parking"? It is selfish, it is lazy, it is much worse than potty. And as bexy123 says, it puts lives at risk.
Gazette, pleae publish enlarged photos with the car registration numbers clearly visible, so that people can identify the culprits.
A flavour of wide angle and zoom lenses may become needed to capture that lot of careless culprits cars.
A photo journalist of the Gazette would probably find things clearer with that; but what is not clear about these potty drivers in their behaviours wont be clear yet.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: "Potty parking"? It is selfish, it is lazy, it is much worse than potty. And as bexy123 says, it puts lives at risk. Gazette, pleae publish enlarged photos with the car registration numbers clearly visible, so that people can identify the culprits.[/p][/quote]A flavour of wide angle and zoom lenses may become needed to capture that lot of careless culprits cars. A photo journalist of the Gazette would probably find things clearer with that; but what is not clear about these potty drivers in their behaviours wont be clear yet. William George

8:50pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Boris says...

William George wrote:
Boris wrote:
"Potty parking"? It is selfish, it is lazy, it is much worse than potty. And as bexy123 says, it puts lives at risk.
Gazette, pleae publish enlarged photos with the car registration numbers clearly visible, so that people can identify the culprits.
A flavour of wide angle and zoom lenses may become needed to capture that lot of careless culprits cars.
A photo journalist of the Gazette would probably find things clearer with that; but what is not clear about these potty drivers in their behaviours wont be clear yet.
I think this photo is from a reader, perhaps using a mobile phone, so quality is not going to be that good. What I was trying to get at was that these drivers are a menace to their children's schoolmates, and they should be prosecuted, but for that the police need evidence.
[quote][p][bold]William George[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: "Potty parking"? It is selfish, it is lazy, it is much worse than potty. And as bexy123 says, it puts lives at risk. Gazette, pleae publish enlarged photos with the car registration numbers clearly visible, so that people can identify the culprits.[/p][/quote]A flavour of wide angle and zoom lenses may become needed to capture that lot of careless culprits cars. A photo journalist of the Gazette would probably find things clearer with that; but what is not clear about these potty drivers in their behaviours wont be clear yet.[/p][/quote]I think this photo is from a reader, perhaps using a mobile phone, so quality is not going to be that good. What I was trying to get at was that these drivers are a menace to their children's schoolmates, and they should be prosecuted, but for that the police need evidence. Boris

10:56pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Reginald47 says...

Don't worry - the Safe Parking car will be coming to Braintree schools very soon
Don't worry - the Safe Parking car will be coming to Braintree schools very soon Reginald47

12:42am Mon 10 Feb 14

Mind your own business says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Don't worry - the Safe Parking car will be coming to Braintree schools very soon
But until then there is nothing you can do about it, Hahaha ever had the feeling you've been cheated?
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Don't worry - the Safe Parking car will be coming to Braintree schools very soon[/p][/quote]But until then there is nothing you can do about it, Hahaha ever had the feeling you've been cheated? Mind your own business

12:48pm Mon 10 Feb 14

P Hewitt says...

I would have thought Essex police would have sent one of their "Revenue raising" cars to sort this out.. But I guess they get more fines sitting a couple of miles down the road with a speed gun... Every police force in the country laughs about the Essex Revenue cars.. Bring back the beat bobby to sort out problems like this .... please
I would have thought Essex police would have sent one of their "Revenue raising" cars to sort this out.. But I guess they get more fines sitting a couple of miles down the road with a speed gun... Every police force in the country laughs about the Essex Revenue cars.. Bring back the beat bobby to sort out problems like this .... please P Hewitt

12:59pm Mon 10 Feb 14

keith_l says...

It is the same around Howbridge Junior School in Witham. They park on the double yellows on Maltings Lane which is a busy through route, and on Howbrideg road itself which is a bus route.
It is the same around Howbridge Junior School in Witham. They park on the double yellows on Maltings Lane which is a busy through route, and on Howbrideg road itself which is a bus route. keith_l

1:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

romantic says...

I was on Riverside last week, and was amazed how many people drive to pick up their kids. These people will sit for 20 minutes just to get off the estate; it would probably be quicker for many of them to walk there and pick up their kids. Nobody was actually parked in the middle of the road, but everything was jammed up with people trying to turn.

Perhaps not at infant school age, but by primary school, kids should be able to get to school under their own steam, not have to be driven there. You walk with your friends. It is valuable learning for a child to do stuff with no adults around, even if it's just walking to school. When I grew up on what was apparently a rough council estate, we all walked to school. Yes, we got up to some mischief, but also learned independence. We also played outside, again unsupervised by adults, rather than being hunched over a games console.

If your kid lives within, say, 20 mins walking distance, there really is no reason why they should be taken there by you - but make sure they know how to deal with roads first, of course.
I was on Riverside last week, and was amazed how many people drive to pick up their kids. These people will sit for 20 minutes just to get off the estate; it would probably be quicker for many of them to walk there and pick up their kids. Nobody was actually parked in the middle of the road, but everything was jammed up with people trying to turn. Perhaps not at infant school age, but by primary school, kids should be able to get to school under their own steam, not have to be driven there. You walk with your friends. It is valuable learning for a child to do stuff with no adults around, even if it's just walking to school. When I grew up on what was apparently a rough council estate, we all walked to school. Yes, we got up to some mischief, but also learned independence. We also played outside, again unsupervised by adults, rather than being hunched over a games console. If your kid lives within, say, 20 mins walking distance, there really is no reason why they should be taken there by you - but make sure they know how to deal with roads first, of course. romantic

1:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

jut1972 says...

Mind your own business wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
Don't worry - the Safe Parking car will be coming to Braintree schools very soon
But until then there is nothing you can do about it, Hahaha ever had the feeling you've been cheated?
Well if I see a car parked like that I'll take a photo and send to the paper / police. So you carry on being a dick and we'll see whose laughing then.
[quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Don't worry - the Safe Parking car will be coming to Braintree schools very soon[/p][/quote]But until then there is nothing you can do about it, Hahaha ever had the feeling you've been cheated?[/p][/quote]Well if I see a car parked like that I'll take a photo and send to the paper / police. So you carry on being a dick and we'll see whose laughing then. jut1972

1:33pm Mon 10 Feb 14

co2 says...

often the drivers are fat and only live close to the schools where they park,where we live i have seen the fattys drive less than 300 yards.
often the drivers are fat and only live close to the schools where they park,where we live i have seen the fattys drive less than 300 yards. co2

1:50pm Mon 10 Feb 14

William George says...

co2 wrote:
often the drivers are fat and only live close to the schools where they park,where we live i have seen the fattys drive less than 300 yards.
Are these Potty drivers making some of the potholes problems when they are making the last step from their car?
[quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: often the drivers are fat and only live close to the schools where they park,where we live i have seen the fattys drive less than 300 yards.[/p][/quote]Are these Potty drivers making some of the potholes problems when they are making the last step from their car? William George

2:03pm Mon 10 Feb 14

carnuts says...

I made a call to the police complaining about someone completley blocking the pavement on a school run
When the female police officer turned up I was aske " where do I expect them to park" I was then told it is not illigal as she does it all the time.
so is seems essex police believe parking on and blocking pavements is legal.
I made a call to the police complaining about someone completley blocking the pavement on a school run When the female police officer turned up I was aske " where do I expect them to park" I was then told it is not illigal as she does it all the time. so is seems essex police believe parking on and blocking pavements is legal. carnuts

2:06pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Boris says...

William George wrote:
co2 wrote:
often the drivers are fat and only live close to the schools where they park,where we live i have seen the fattys drive less than 300 yards.
Are these Potty drivers making some of the potholes problems when they are making the last step from their car?
That's why the Gazette calls them potty. As i said earlier, they are worse than that. And you see similar behaviour at practically every primary school.
[quote][p][bold]William George[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: often the drivers are fat and only live close to the schools where they park,where we live i have seen the fattys drive less than 300 yards.[/p][/quote]Are these Potty drivers making some of the potholes problems when they are making the last step from their car?[/p][/quote]That's why the Gazette calls them potty. As i said earlier, they are worse than that. And you see similar behaviour at practically every primary school. Boris

2:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

carnuts says...

According to Essex police this is perfectly normal and not illegal.
I phoned and complained about a car blocking the pavement on a school run.
When the female officer turned up I was asked "where do I expect them to park" I was then told it is not illegal as she does it all the time
According to Essex police this is perfectly normal and not illegal. I phoned and complained about a car blocking the pavement on a school run. When the female officer turned up I was asked "where do I expect them to park" I was then told it is not illegal as she does it all the time carnuts

2:13pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Boris says...

romantic wrote:
I was on Riverside last week, and was amazed how many people drive to pick up their kids. These people will sit for 20 minutes just to get off the estate; it would probably be quicker for many of them to walk there and pick up their kids. Nobody was actually parked in the middle of the road, but everything was jammed up with people trying to turn.

Perhaps not at infant school age, but by primary school, kids should be able to get to school under their own steam, not have to be driven there. You walk with your friends. It is valuable learning for a child to do stuff with no adults around, even if it's just walking to school. When I grew up on what was apparently a rough council estate, we all walked to school. Yes, we got up to some mischief, but also learned independence. We also played outside, again unsupervised by adults, rather than being hunched over a games console.

If your kid lives within, say, 20 mins walking distance, there really is no reason why they should be taken there by you - but make sure they know how to deal with roads first, of course.
And, of course, make sure there is a lollipop person to see them safely across busy roads.
My children and grandchildren all walked to school, initially with their mum or dad, and then from age 7 or 8 on their own, but there was the lollipop lady to see them across the main road. How many schools still have one?
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: I was on Riverside last week, and was amazed how many people drive to pick up their kids. These people will sit for 20 minutes just to get off the estate; it would probably be quicker for many of them to walk there and pick up their kids. Nobody was actually parked in the middle of the road, but everything was jammed up with people trying to turn. Perhaps not at infant school age, but by primary school, kids should be able to get to school under their own steam, not have to be driven there. You walk with your friends. It is valuable learning for a child to do stuff with no adults around, even if it's just walking to school. When I grew up on what was apparently a rough council estate, we all walked to school. Yes, we got up to some mischief, but also learned independence. We also played outside, again unsupervised by adults, rather than being hunched over a games console. If your kid lives within, say, 20 mins walking distance, there really is no reason why they should be taken there by you - but make sure they know how to deal with roads first, of course.[/p][/quote]And, of course, make sure there is a lollipop person to see them safely across busy roads. My children and grandchildren all walked to school, initially with their mum or dad, and then from age 7 or 8 on their own, but there was the lollipop lady to see them across the main road. How many schools still have one? Boris

5:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

keith_l says...

The lollipop person is not only there to cross unaccompanied kids to school - they also cross the parents escorting their kids to school, then wait around until after 9:00 to cross the parents back again!
The lollipop person is not only there to cross unaccompanied kids to school - they also cross the parents escorting their kids to school, then wait around until after 9:00 to cross the parents back again! keith_l

8:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

PROOFREADER says...

It is illegal to park less than 32 feet (10 metres from a junction). It is also illegal to drive over a kerb.
It is illegal to park less than 32 feet (10 metres from a junction). It is also illegal to drive over a kerb. PROOFREADER

2:31pm Tue 11 Feb 14

anoneemouse says...

My daughters both walk to Rayne school and back every day. 10 minutes walk each way and the youngest isn't even of school age yet but still gets dragged along. Seen some pretty silly parking around the school and together with the dog mess makes the school walk much more of a chore than it should be.
My daughters both walk to Rayne school and back every day. 10 minutes walk each way and the youngest isn't even of school age yet but still gets dragged along. Seen some pretty silly parking around the school and together with the dog mess makes the school walk much more of a chore than it should be. anoneemouse

4:36pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SteveCoggeshall says...

If you live in Coggeshall or Kelvedon, we have a Facebook page for people to post their photos of inconsiderate parkers. Just search for "Parking like a pratt in Coggeshall and Kelvedon".
If you live in Coggeshall or Kelvedon, we have a Facebook page for people to post their photos of inconsiderate parkers. Just search for "Parking like a pratt in Coggeshall and Kelvedon". SteveCoggeshall

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