School-run parking wars are playing out across the country as residents fight back against parents who they claim are ruining their streets by mounting grass verges, blocking driveways and knocking down lampposts when they pick up their children.
One local told MailOnline he believes ‘it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured’ as footage shows children weaving between cars, drivers mounting curbs, and cars pulling out without notice just metres away from the school gates.
Paul Lewis, who lives near Our Lady of Compassion Nursery and Primary School, in Formby, Merseyside, said he and many others have to deal with ‘inconsiderate drivers who park on double yellow lines, on corners of roads and parking over driveways’.
It comes after two women – believed to be a resident and a parent – almost came to blows as they yelled at each other in a street in Bridgend, south Wales, before being separated.
Meanwhile on a rural country lane an elderly resident said she cannot leave her home because some ‘lazy’ parents are using her disabled parking space to avoid having to walk 300m to the school.
As drivers ‘descend’ every weekday morning and afternoon to drop their children off in Dudley, a bitter row has erupted, with some irritated homeowners saying they are considering moving over the issue which ‘puts children at risk’.
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WEST YORKSHIRE: Residents who live near to schools have slammed ‘lazy’ parents who park on grass verges, block driveways, and even knock down lampposts
FORMBY: Mr Lewis said ‘it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured’
DUDLEY: Angry residents say their road in Netherton, Dudley, is being ‘taken over’ by parents dropping their children off
Formby resident Mr Lewis said the parking situation is stopping many residents from being able to leave the housing estate.
In footage captured on his dashcam, cars can be seen mounted all along the pavement.
The school-run war is an issue affecting many residential streets across the UK, including where Diana Watkins lives in Westminster, London.
She said parents park on double yellow lines near her home on a daily basis, because they are ‘too lazy to park a few metres up the road where there are legal parking spaces’.
Ms Watkins added that children are put at risk, as cars block pedestrians reaching the pavement opposite the school of Infants and Juniors near Tavistock East Street.
The council had installed traffic calming measures such as planters and grass but these along with the community garden outside Ms Watkins’s block of flats have been destroyed due to illegal parking.
She added that since Drury Lane was made a low traffic zone ‘traffic has increased hugely’.
Another angry resident Matt Day, who lives in Brackla, said parking is an issue all over Bridgend.
‘Every morning is a struggle and has been for years, there are four schools within half a mile of each other and my street gets rammed with inconsiderate parents,’ he added.
DUDLEY: Cars parked on Greaves Road, Netherton. Fed-up locals have blasted ‘rude’ parents who block their driveways and hurl abuse at them in a bitter school run row
FORMBY: Dash-cam footage shows children having to cross the road between parked cars, drivers mounting curbs, and cars pulling out without notice just metres away from the school gates
FORMBY: Mr Lewis said the parking situation is stopping many residents from being able to leave the housing estate
Mr Day said: ‘Here are a group of parents who drive down in the morning, park all over the pavements and people’s drives then leave their cars there till they pick their kids up in the afternoon so they are guaranteed a space.
‘The schools operate a catchment zone so all the kids should be within walking distance of the school.’
He added that he had raised the issue with the schools but said ‘they have done nothing’.
A pensioner living in rural West Yorkshire said she can’t leave her house because parents take her disabled parking space.
Julie Murphy, who lives on a narrow country lane said: ‘I have a disabled parking spot outside my bungalow but I can’t go out early morning to the doctors or mid afternoon as I can’t get back in my parking spot.
‘Either because people park right up to the disabled box at both ends so there is no room to get the car in – I think they must think I either slide in sideways or beam in – if not, they park in the disabled spot itself.’
Ms Murphy said she returned home once to find a parent had parked in her disabled space. She added: ‘I sat in my car and blocked the road till they returned with their child. Upon confronting the woman she said: “Oh, I’m disabled.”‘
WEST YORKSHIRE: Pensioner Julie Murphy, who lives on a narrow country lane said she can’t leave her disabled parking spot in the morning or afternoon because of parents taking her space
BRIDGEND: Fuming neighbours who live in a cul-de-sac just yards from Brynmenyn Primary School in south Wales have resorted to sitting across the road in garden chairs to block drivers
Ms Murphy said the walk from her bungalow to the school is almost 300m, which would be hard for most disabled people. She added: ‘I accept hidden disabilities but she said hers was walking.’
She added: ‘I despair when she said she couldn’t walk well but managed at least 300+ yards. Just so she could park.’
Ms Murphy said when she confronted the parent, other mothers gathered around and became ‘very aggressive’ towards her.
Another resident who wants to remain anonymous due to the tensions on her street said: ‘Twice a day they descend on my road [to] park wherever they like.
‘They mount the kerbs, which my council tax will have to pay the repairs.’
She added a lamppost had been knocked down due to some drivers parking on grass verges.
His concerns come as two women – believed to be a resident and a parent – almost came to blows, yelling at each other in a nearby quiet cul-de-sac.
Residents of Lon Derw in Bridgend are in a long-running feud with drivers they accuse of parking ‘inconsiderately’ during the school run at Brynmenyn Primary School. The fed-up neighbours had previously armed themselves with deckchairs to form blockades across the entrance to their road.
BRIDGEND: The school pick-up row was sparked after locals accused parents heading to the nearby primary of blocking their driveways
BRIDGEND: The new term has reignited the feud and police have been called in to patrol Lon Derw
BRIDGEND: Neighbours are frustrated as parked cars block their driveways during the school run
BRIDGEND: Mal Harris, who lives on the street next to the school, said neighbours had been dealing with the issue since he moved to the 19-house estate in 2018 and it hasn’t improved at all
The new term restarted the stand-off on the estate which is just yards from the school where 200 pupils attend. Mal Harris, who lives on the street, said neighbours had been dealing with the issue since he moved to the 19-house estate in 2018 and it hasn’t improved at all.
Irritated homeowners have started using their mobiles to take snaps of the offending vehicles, which they say are stopping them from leaving – and could be obstructing access to a care home.
Managers at the home say they are extremely worried that an ambulance would not be able to get in if one of the 45 residents collapsed.
A mother who parked her car half on the pavement told MailOnline: ‘There are no double yellow lines so I’m parked legally.
‘I sympathise with the residents but I’m only there for 10 minutes while I pick my little one up.
BRIDGEND: Fed-up residents were seen last year as they barricaded their road
The Lon Derw cul-de-sac in Bridgend, South Wales, is just yards from Brynmenyn Primary School
‘There is a car park next to the school, why can’t they open that up for mums and dads on the school run?’
Residents on Lon Derw have pleaded with Bridgend Council to open up the car park for an extra 30 minutes to give parents somewhere to park.
Independent councillor Tim Thomas said: ‘The comprehensive school car park is one option being explored but there was concern it might add to the congestion.’
Father-of-four Mal Harris, who lives close to the entrance of the cul-de-sac, previously told MailOnline: ‘The deckchair protest worked – it brought a lot of attention to the problem and things calmed down.
‘But it’s got worse since the kids went back to school and I’ve asked the police to patrol the area, especially in the afternoon when parents arrive at the same time to collect their children.
‘Tempers have got frayed again and we are starting to get incidents like we’ve seen today.’
Last year, a bitter school row swept up a cul-de-sac in Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands with residents reporting suffering verbal abuse from furious parents.
DUDLEY: Residents such as Gordon Smith (pictured) have been left ‘sick and tired’ with the traffic chaos on their quiet street in Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands that is used during the week to collect and drop-off pupils, and at weekends for football clubs
DUDLEY: Residents are hoping plans to build a car park with 25 spaces will be approved for land nearby
Parents have been using Greaves Road, located at the back of the school, to drop off and collect their children who attend nearby Northfield Road Primary School
They also claimed staff who work at the school park their vehicles on the street for the entire day.
Sue Willetts, 63, who has lived in the street for 30 years, said: ‘I have had a lot of people swear at me which is just not on.
‘When it’s three times a day that you can’t get in or out of your own driveway, it’s a problem. School staff park here as well as the parents.’
Her partner George Mortimer, 66, said: ‘The other day I asked a woman to move after she got out of her car.
‘She said I was picking on her because she was pregnant but I couldn’t see her.’
Keith Whitehouse, 78, who has lived on the road for 32 years, said: ‘I couldn’t get the ambulance outside my house the other week and that has happened two or three times before.’
DUDLEY: Keith Whitehouse, 78, (pictured) who has lived on the road for 32 years, said he has had difficulty getting the ambulance outside his house due to the parking
DUDLEY: Residents Gordon Smith and Keith Whitehouse live near Northfield Road Primary School (pictured)
Mr Whitehouse said there was no respite for residents on weekends when Sunday league football teams use the street as an unofficial car park while they play matches on the two pitches on the nearby Netherton Park.
He added: ‘The Sunday morning footballers come down and they just park anywhere they want and you get abuse if you ask them not to park in the cul-de-sac.
‘They just say “so-and-so off” and all the rest of it and you just don’t want it.
‘If you approach them there’s an argument.
‘One man said to me ‘what the f*** has it got to do with you?’
‘I said: “I live here, and how about I come down by your house and park it by your drive, and you couldn’t get off?”‘