School run clampdown

AFTER some near misses, chief inspector Alan Murray has vowed to tackle East Renfrewshire’s parking problem before a tragedy occurs.

This follows a number of reports about traffic congestion around local schools.

The Giffnock branch of police and East Renfrewshire council have joined together to once and for all stamp out the issue at the start and finish of the school day.

According to CI Murray, the schools in the Eastwood side are significantly worse, than Neilston/Barrhead Netherlee and Kirkhill.

He also believes the issue at schools in Giffnock, Thornliebank, Newton Mearns, Busby, Stamperland, Clarkston is getting worse.

Now, parents continuing to flout the guidelines could face being ticketed.

The area commander told The Extra: “I have instructed my officers to give this matter attention and to take enforcement action when required.

“However, I would much prefer it if parents took more care when dropping off their children and gave more thought to the possible consequences of parking their vehicles in an inappropriate manner”

“I cannot recall any incidents leading to injury over the past year, but there have been some near misses.

“We really want to put a stop to it now before a tragedy occurs.

“I have had several complaints about how some parents park when dropping off their children at primary schools and, having seen it for myself, share the concerns expressed.

“There is no doubt that illegal and inconsiderate parking around schools can be dangerous and I would like all parties concerned to take action before a child gets hurt”.

CI Murray’s concern was echoed by East Renfrewshire’s education convener Alan Lafferty.

The Busby, Clarkston and Eaglesham councillor stressed:: “It is important that parents picking up children and all road users pay attention to theirs and others safety in and around school.

“The start and finish of the school day are particularly busy right across East Renfrewshire and we would appeal to parents to be considerate and above all else make sure that children stay safe”.