HOW I agree with Richard Davis and the incompetence of the Highways Department (letters, August 4). A perfect example being the farcical situation that now exists outside Hatchford Brook School on Old Lode Lane. I understand that there are issues outside most schools at going home time but the council has, I feel, missed a great opportunity to do something which results in a positive outcome.
On the school side of the road there were the regular yellow zigzag markings, where the school crossing patrol operates, and, beyond these, double yellow lines to the boundary of the school. On the opposite side of the road nothing.
The council, in their wisdom, has decided to introduce double yellow lines on both sides of the road but only from the school boundary down to just past Ebbrington Avenue. This has now resulted in two unsatisfactory scenarios taking place.
Firstly, on the road opposite the school, where there are no zigzags or double yellow lines, parents/carers are now parking along this stretch with two wheels on the road and two on the kerb. The second is that on the school side of the road people are now parking on the wide pavement.
I believe that the council should have introduced the zigzag and double yellow lines on both sides of the road so there is no ambiguity as to the rules. I also believe that the enforcement agencies should attend in plain clothes and penalise those who think their individual needs are greater than the collective.
Concerned parent, Solihull.