DANGEROUS parking by parents of pupils at Kirkheaton Primary School is causing headaches for nearby residents.
Now children and police have united to try to sort the problems.
They went out “on patrol” yesterday to alert drivers to their concerns.
Determined to try to improve the situation, head teacher Sam Gallant enlisted the help of Police Community Support Officer Sarah Conderson, who is a familiar face at the school.
Pcso Conderson decided that, due to the severity of the problem, she needed to call in reinforcements.
So yesterday, armed with high visibility vests and police caps, Sarah arrived at school and promptly recruited five young bobbies for the morning.
Then the pupils, all aged between nine and 11, were let loose on the unruly parents.
They watched the parents dropping off their children at school. Then they approached those who were parking on the pavement and in other unsuitable places and issued them with instructions on where they could and could not park.
The young police patrol officers also offered advice on road safety and warnings about dropping young children off in busy roads.
Mrs Gallant said: “The event was a huge success. The parking and dropping children off was the best I have ever seen.
“Parents accepted the advice from the children much better than they take it from the school or police.
“The children themselves loved the responsibility and had no reservations about telling people if they were illegally or dangerously parked.
“They really rose to the occasion and want to do it again.
“It was also nice that afterwards a couple of them said they wanted to be police officers when they grow up.”
The patrol was a light approach to a serious problem at the 400-pupil school.
Parents are constantly blocking neighbours’ drives, the pavement and even New Road itself when they drop their children off.
Stationary cars on corners and bends are creating a dangerous hazard. On one occasion an ambulance was unable to get through.
The school has sent out several newsletters on the topic and had visits from the police and parking wardens in an effort to stamp out the dangerous practices.
Mrs Gallant said: “Still we see people parking in dangerous places or over people’s drives.
“As with many schools, we are very concerned that the dangerous parking will result in an accident and want to avoid this at all costs.
“It is an ongoing issue which we take very seriously and we are trying our best to alleviate the situation.”
She added: “We would like to thank Sarah and the NPT Huddersfield South for organising this event.”