Neighbours call for end to parking misery in Gosport

Karen Pateman and her daughter Ellisha Pateman-Foster at the rear of her house in Chichester Close Gosport with the rear gate to Peel Common Infants School, left, and her garage, right, which she says is constantly blocked by parents cars (the car in the photo is hers).'Pic Mick Young'09/10/2012
Karen Pateman and her daughter Ellisha Pateman-Foster at the rear of her house in Chichester Close Gosport with the rear gate to Peel Common Infants School, left, and her garage, right, which she says is constantly blocked by parents cars (the car in the photo is hers).'Pic Mick Young'09/10/2012
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FRUSTRATED neighbours are demanding a Gosport school does more to stop parents parking cars on their driveways.

Residents in Chichester Close say their lives have become a nightmare since Peel Common Infant School began letting parents pick up their children from its back gates.

The problems include parents parking their cars on residents’ drives outside their garages and blocking the road.

Neighbours have asked the school to either shut its gates or persuade parents to park elsewhere – but feel they are being ignored.

Karen Pateman, who lives in Chichester Close, says she regularly can’t find anywhere to park after she comes home from work – which coincides with the end of school hours.

‘It’s incredibly frustrating,’ she said.

‘When I come home from a long day at work I want to be able to find somewhere to park but instead I have to spend ages trying to find a space.

‘It’s a bit of a nightmare.

‘The school have told me they have sent letters to parents warning them not to do this but I don’t think it’s had much of an effect.

‘It might have to come to the stage where I put steel bollards up outside my house to stop people parking there.’

Mrs Pateman has taken up the issue with Hampshire County Council but it says there is nothing it can do because the driveways off the main road are privately owned.

Residents are now looking to identify and seek help from the land owner.

The school first opened its back gates two years in a bid to ease congestion at the road in front of the building – The Drive – and encourage more pupils to walk.

Lesley Spicer, headteacher at Peel Common Infant School, said: ‘Opening the back gates has had a really positive effect on people living at the front of the school and lots more parents are making the effort to walk. But I can understand people’s frustrations in Chichester Close because parents are now using their parking spaces.

‘We are doing all we can to resolve the problem. The school has more than 200 parents and most of them are considerate.

‘But there is a small minority who think that this issue does not apply to them. We are in discussions with the local residents’ association about getting no parking signs for residents to put up outside their homes.’