Car wars have again broken out at a Huddersfield primary school – just weeks after an ambulance called to a sick pupil was left stranded in the street for 15 minutes.

Staff at Fixby Junior and Infant School dialled 999 for a boy who was taken seriously ill.

But the emergency vehicle couldn’t reach the school because of cars double parked in Lightcliffe Road.

It took the ambulance 15 minutes to travel 300 yards up the road.

Parking has been a problem outside the school for years but the ambulance drama in July brought matters to a head, sparking an impassioned plea to parents from head teacher Claire Allen.

In a letter, sent the following day, she said: “Yesterday afternoon a little boy in school was seriously ill.

“Unfortunately, due to inconsiderate parking from our parents and carers, it took the ambulance 15 minutes to travel from the bottom of Lightcliffe Road to school.

“Cars were double parked, restricting the flow of traffic and the road became gridlocked.

“The ambulance driver was at a loss for words. He could not believe the inconsiderate and, indeed, dangerous parking that he witnessed.

“This could have been any one of your children that needed urgent medical attention.

“I urge you, both as the head of the school and as a mother, to please be more considerate in where you park.

“The police have been made aware of the situation and they, along with myself, will be monitoring the parking closely.”

Mrs Allen and a number of staff were out on the streets in yellow safety vests shortly after the incident speaking to parents about the parking.

However, on Tuesday this week – the first day of term – it appeared her pleas had fallen on deaf ears, as cars were parked blocking driveways.

This picture was taken on the first day back
This picture was taken on the first day back
 

One neighbour, who found her drive blocked, emailed a photograph to Preston Cater, spokesman for local residents, saying: “Fantastic start to the school year.

“I couldn’t turn right out of the drive this morning as someone parked so close to the edge of the drive and too many cars double parked.”

On Wednesday, Lightcliffe Road residents demanded a meeting with school governors and spokesman Mr Cater said: “The incident with the ambulance was shameful. Chaotic parking is normal and at 8.55am the car horns start.

“People deliberately leave their cars all over, they are not bothered, it is a thoughtless attitude showing no respect. It is like a bun fight.

“On the first day back it was a fiasco again, even worse than usual. We are asking for a meeting with the governors to see what is going to be done, not what is not going to be done.”

Now it has emerged governors have vetoed any future action outside the school by staff.

In a letter dated August 25 to Mr Cater, governor Cliff Froggett said: “Whilst Mrs Allen has shown great personal initiative in meeting parents as they park around the school, the governors have made it clear that this should only happen in very exceptional circumstances, for example, at the specific request of the enforcement authorities.

“Our prime concern here is the safety of staff. It is not the responsibility of the head to enforce parking restrictions, nor to intervene in potentially confrontational situations relating to parking.

“The governors have asked her to ensure that neither she nor other members of her staff are exposed to potential intimidation or violence and that any issues relating to incidents outside the school gates are referred to the appropriate enforcement authorities.”

Mrs Allen this week again stressed the school’s concerns and said: “The parking issue is a serious one for our school.

“We have issued several reminders about the need for drivers to be considerate and sensible and to keep children’s safety uppermost in their minds.

“Poor driving and inconsiderate parking can lead to serious accidents, or worse.

“The problems are caused by a minority of people and we urge them to forget about their personal convenience and, instead, to avoid putting children’s lives at risk.”