Maghull Labour councillors work with police and Summerhill schoo

Maghull Labour councillors Cllr Patrick McKinley, Lynn Gatherer and Rob Owens at Summerhill Primary.


Maghull Labour councillors are working with the police and a local school to try to resolve the problem of parking.

Sudell Ward Labour councillors Lynn Gatherer, Patrick McKinley and Rob Owens have been working with Summerhill Primary School to try to find a solution to the twice-daily problem.

The Labour councillors were called on for help after residents living near to the school complained that parents were dropping their children off in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon and parking inconsiderately as they were doing it.

Cllrs Gatherer, McKinley and Owens have made numerous site visits to see the problem for themselves.

Cllr Gatherer said: "As soon as the residents raised the issue with the Maghull Labour Action Team, we went to the school to see the problem for ourselves.

"There is an issue with some cars being parked across driveways, which is obviously an issue.

"We have had a number of meetings with the headteacher who obviously wants a solution.

"Some of the residents themselves wanted double yellow lines along Poverty Lane, but council officers aren't in favour of that.

"So we approached the police who have visited the site with traffic wardens. They spioke to a number of parents, providing advice and also issuing a number of tickets."

Cllr McKinley called on parents to be considerate when dropping their children off and picking them up again at the end of the school day.

Cllr McKinley said: "I would say that most parents are considerate when it comes to this, but there are a number of cases where that hasn't been the case.

"Residents say their drives are being blocked, even when they are trying to manourvre out of them, which must obviously be very frustrating.

"But this isn't only a problem here. It's a problem throughout Sefton and throughout the country.

"We need to find a solution that works for everyone. Parents will obviously want to drop their children off as near to the school gate as possible. 

"But while we try and find a solution, in the meantime I would urge all parents to be considerate on the school run."


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