A motion calling for all schools in the county to have individual traffic management plans will be discussed at an Essex County Council meeting on Tuesday, after angry scenes between parents and residents.And I expect the teachers and their unions will scream blue murder and declare that they didn’t join the profession to be parking wardens.
They didn’t join it to be fast food stoppers or uniform compliance officer either, and they have gleefully dived in, so here’s your pad of tickets, here’s a whistle to blow when an irate parent takes a swing at you…
Laindon Park councillor Mark Ellis and Wickford Crouch councillor Nigel Le Gresley believe Essex County Council should reinstate its school travel planning team, which was disbanded in 2012.
Mr Ellis said: “It is something we have in common across the whole borough and every school suffers from problems.
“We want a system where every councillor will be involved with each school and have a specific traffic management and travel policy which brings everything together.
“At the moment, all the various groups have different ideas to tackle the same problem.
“My background is in construction, where on every site you need a specific traffic management policy, but with schools at present there is nothing like that.”And there shouldn’t be.
Inconsiderate parking is an issue for your parking wardens or – in very serious cases of highway obstruction – the police.
Get them involved, dish out parking tickets, and eventually, even the thickest parents are going to get the message.