Police and council workers have joined forces to tackle dangerous and inconsiderate parking outside schools in the Lindley area.

And it means parking ticket fines for some parents.

They are staging a series of action days outside Lindley Junior and Infant schools and will follow it up with similar action at Reinwood and Moorlands.

The road safety blitz comes three years after parents blocked access to George Street due to their concerns.

 

The action days have seen police and Kirklees Council traffic enforcement officers patrolling the area at the start and end of the school day.

Drivers were spoken to and tickets were handed out when required.

Since the protest by parents in December 2011 there has been a campaign to improve road safety around local schools.

One of its major successes has been £68,000 worth of improvements agreed by Huddersfield Area Committee.

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These include the construction of a new entrance to the junior school, new lengths of footpath on George Street, the widening of footpaths, the realignment of kerbs and installation of a speed plateau at George Street and Whitteron Close.

A 20mph zone was also created around the school and the street lighting was upgraded.

Lindley ward councillor Cahal Burke, who has worked on the campaign, said: “The improvements to the highway have made a big difference to safety outside the schools but that’s only part of the battle.

“The major factor is getting drivers and pedestrians to listen and change their behaviour. That’s where the action days are helpful.

“They get the police and enforcement officers on the streets speaking to parents about what is not allowed and, if necessary, to issue them with a fine.

“Certainly some people don’t like receiving a ticket.

“But as far as I’m concerned it is absolutely vital that they realise that their behaviour, in the worst case scenario, might end up costing someone their life or the life of their child.

“This would be devastating for the whole community.”

A further two action days are planned at the end of this month and in December.

Police and council officers also aim to visit all of the local primary schools which also include Reinwood Infant and Junior Schools and Moorland Primary Schools by early in the New Year.

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