Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Air Is Turned Blue on the School Runs

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Air Is Turned Blue on the School Runs

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Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter

FOUL mouthed mums and dads on the school run have been turning the air blue.

Neighbours in Westloch Road, Cramlington, say they have been sworn at and verbally attacked when they ask parents to park considerately when dropping off and picking up their children.

Homeowners say the motorists regularly park on their drives, reverse down the cul-de-sac, block the road, and hurl abuse when questioned about their behaviour.

Now those living beside Cragside Church of England Primary School say they have had enough and fear a child is going to be seriously hurt or killed unless action is taken.

Gillian Clark, 43, who has lived in the street for the past four years, said: "Twice a day we have to put up with drivers speeding up and down the street, ignoring yellow lines, parking in front of our garages, blocking the driveways.

"When we say anything we can be sworn at, even if their children are standing with them.

"We have called the police and they have sometimes come up to have a look at the problem but it hasn't gone away."

The frustrated residents met with police and council bosses last month in a bid to come to some kind of resolution.

She added: "They said they'd ask the buses to stop reversing down the street but more really needs to be done."

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: "When we bought our houses in Westloch Road, this was a middle school and only had about 160 pupils.

"But when they changed to a two-tier system, it changed and now has a maximum capacity of 420 pupils.

"Yet, despite this, no plans were made as to where the extra parents would park.

We have been complaining to the council for years. We are still waiting to hear from them.

"Something needs to be done. …

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