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Police and residents criticise Blundellsands school run drivers

RESIDENTS have criticised the “arrogant attitude” of parents following traffic problems at a busy school drop- off area.

Nicholas Road, in Blundellsands, contains two primary schools, St Nicholas CE Primary School and Ursuline R C Primary School, along its route, and householders are increasingly concerned that the volume of vehicles outside the schools’ entrances could cause a serious accident.

In a letter written to the police, one resident wrote: “We are increasingly alarmed about a minority of thoughtless parents who cause obstruction by parking on yellow lines at the corner of Nicholas Road and Blundellsands Road West and at the junction with Warren Road.

“Visibility for other road users is obscured, especially as the area is also subject to heavy vehicles coming from United Utilities’ construction work on the seafront and by school buses collecting children from The Mount School.

“We are worried that small children may dart out from between parked cars and into the path of other motorists, especially at evening time when visibility is poor.

“The amount of traffic congestion is such that many elderly residents living in the area are fearful of venturing out of their homes and into the path of passing motorists.

“We are also dismayed about the arrogant attitude of some parents who park across residents’ driveways and even in private car parks belonging to the flats in the area.

“We are also concerned that the volume of traffic could potentially restrict access by emergency vehicles.”

Merseyside Police agree that Nicholas Road has the potential for problems and have said they will target the area in future.

PC Mark Cole, Neighbourhood Officer for the Crosby area, said: “With the United Utilities work going on and the size of vehicles being used, I do have a real concern for the safety of the children and would appreciate parents not parking on double yellow lines and zig-zags, which is an offence.

“ I will be conducting further visits to the area and will take the necessary action on anyone parking illegally.”

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