PARENTS and residents have been debating how to solve a 35-year-old parking problem on streets around a school.
Residents say George Street and other roads surrounding Lindley Junior School have been blighted by selfish parking during school hours for decades.
Both they and parents of pupils have been invited to fill in suggestion forms at a school meeting.
Lindley police officer Sgt Simon Short and Kirklees Council officers informed the audience at Thursday’s meeting what options were available.
The meeting had been called by Lindley councillor Cahal Burke.
Sgt Short said he and his officers would be out at the start and end of the school day giving information leaflets and warning parents who were parking inconsiderately.
And while police, council officers and councillors suggested educating the motorists, parents and residents called for tougher tactics.
Parent Eddie Hart, 49, of Marsh, said: “They are arrogant and ignorant and you cannot reason with them.
“You’re talking about people who don’t want to be talked to.
“They can close Oxford Street and that’s the busiest street in London. Why can’t they close George Street temporarily?”
Suggestions included reducing the speed limit on George Street to 20mph and fining those who refuse to park in a considerate manner.
Another neighbour suggested a designated drop-off point for pupils.
The suggestions will be discussed in a parents’ focus group with Clr Burke and Sgt Short.
Sgt Short said: “Obviously it’s not possible to be here in uniform every day.
“There’s always going to be people who will ignore what we say and we need to target them.”
“We prefer to stick with the education route and really hammer it rather than go down the enforcement route.”
George Street has been the site of several protests by parents and residents who have been angered by selfish mums and dads dropping off and picking up their children.
Late last month the street was blocked off by protestors and there was a previous similar blockade in 2007.
But Sgt Short added: “I would appeal to people not to block the road. It’s not ideal and it’s not helping us. We will support you if you stand on the side of the road.”