A turf war has broken out between disgruntled local residents and pushy parents after their 'selfish parking' reportedly left roads impassable and turned once lush grass into ugly 'bog'.
Parents' inconsiderate parking outside Castle Mead Academy in Leicester during school runs has been branded a "nightmare" for the street’s residents, reports Leicestershire Live.
The problem has grown ever since the brand new secondary school opened this September, and locals claim there has been no improvement despite previous agreements being reached through the headteacher.
A frustrated resident of Tudor Road, which runs alongside the grounds of the school, said parents collecting and dropping off their children are using grass verges as parking spaces.
He said: “A lot of people use [Tudor Road] as a shortcut, so traffic down here is historically a nightmare because it’s not resident parking, so you have people who work in town parking here. The traffic here is absolutely terrible.
“Some of the parents were quite enthusiastic about telling me there’s nothing anyone can do because they can’t get parking tickets for parking on the grass.
The local commented that the arrival and wet and cold winter conditions meant the situation was now "just horrible", and had turned a "once lush green area" into a "muddy bog.”
Despite the school entering into a 'park and stride' agreement with a local Tesco for parents to use their car park, after four months "the number of cars parked has not reduced”, he added.
Head teacher Tom Hague, told LeicestershireLive that the school was working hard to solve the issue.
He said: “We are aware that some local residents have raised concerns about parking, and we are working with parents to remind them to be courteous and respectful of the community when picking up and dropping off at school.
“We have our own designated drop-off facility in place as part of our new school, and have worked with the city council transport strategy team to both encourage walking and cycling to school as well as setting up a ‘park and stride’ scheme from the local Tesco store.
“We will continue to liaise with parents and work with all parties to ensure a sustainable resolution is reached.”
A city council spokesperson told the local news site that they were "aware" of inconsiderate parking on the verges and pavements at the bottom of Tudor Road since the new school opened.
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