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Solihull school sends photos of poor parking to police

Greswold Primary School in Buryfield Road, Solihull, has started snapping pictures of parents' bad parking to report to the police.

Greswold Primary School in Buryfield Road in Solihull
Greswold Primary School in Buryfield Road in Solihull

Big Brother is watching you at a Solihull school which has started snapping pictures of parents’ bad parking to report to the police.

Greswold Primary School said that the “inappropriate and inconsiderate” parking outside its gates was such a major problem they had been forced to take such drastic measures.

But parents slammed the move as promoting a “vigilante culture” at the school, in Buryfield Road, Solihull.

One local mum, who did not want to be named, said people felt they were being unfairly targeted by the practice.

“You have people pulling over momentarily to let cars past as you can’t have two streams of traffic going down the road because of the parked cars on one side.

“But the moment you pull over, you get a photo taken of your car so it looks like you’ve stopped on double yellow lines. It’s completely unfair.”

A Solihull Council spokesman said there was an agreement between the school and the local neighbourhood police to send photographs of badly-parked cars to officers who would then send a warning letter to the drivers.

But the mum said many felt “victimised and harassed” by the practice, claiming that many of the photographs featured parents and their children.

“The chair of the PTA is photographing people coming and going,” she said. “She says she’s doing it in the name of safety. But she is taking photos of pretty much everybody, I have been photographed.

“She is victimising and harassing this group of people.”

But Karen Scott, head teacher at Greswold Primary School, defended the decision, saying: “Inappropriate and inconsiderate parking has been a problem for Greswold Primary School for a long time.

“The latest attempt to tackle it involves an agreement whereby photos of illegally or inconsiderately parked vehicles are sent to the neighbourhood police team for, if necessary, further action.”

Inspector Darren Wilson from Solihull Police said: “We are working closely with the school to ensure parents and guardians park safely when collecting their children.

“Anti-social parking that puts people’s lives at risk is completely unacceptable and we will take action to ensure young people can travel to and from school safely.”

 

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