Prestatyn mother warns of dangerous road outside primary school
Wednesday 17 October 2012 10:08
A MOTHER-of-four says a parking issue outside a Prestatyn primary school is putting children’s lives at risk.
Tracey Ellis said motorists parking on pavements along Dawson Drive, outside Ysgol Penmorfa, was forcing pupils to walk on the road.
Mrs Ellis, whose 10-year-old son, Shane, is a pupil at the school, said: “It is really really dangerous – someone is going to get seriously hurt.
“Some mornings can be quiet, but the afternoons are always horrendous.
“Everyone has been going on about the problem for about 18 months - but nothing has been done, so I have decided to try and do something. There are other places to park that are within walking distance to the school, but people don’t want to walk that far – it is just pure laziness.”
Mrs Ellis said the problem got worse when the council acted on complaints made by residents on St George’s Drive, at the rear of the school.
A spokeswoman for Denbighshire County Council said: “There is a traffic order in existence on St George’s Drive which prohibits moving traffic in the area which is enforceable by the police.”
Mrs Ellis, who has three other children, Cameron 15, and Joshua 13, who both attend Prestatyn High, and four-month-old Dylan, said she was concerned about Shane when he leaves school.
“If the weather is bad, sometimes I can’t go and meet him at the gates because I have got Dylan with me, so he has to walk down to the car.”
Mrs Ellis has organised a meeting in the school hall from 5pm on October 24 for people to have their say.
Headteacher Dave Edwards said he had discussed the issue with school governors on numerous occasions.
“We are concerned about the children’s safety - that is why we have agreed to have this meeting,” said Mr Edwards. “I hope we can reach a shared understanding about parking illegally outside the school - it is dangerous and safety is our number one priority.”