Cupar headteacher steps in to help pacify residents in parking row

Hill Street, between the school and the housing scheme, is so busy that parents are parking in designated spaces. Pic: Dave Scott
Hill Street, between the school and the housing scheme, is so busy that parents are parking in designated spaces. Pic: Dave Scott
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Residents of a Cupar housing scheme are up in arms amid claims that their gardens are being trampled and parking spaces hijacked.

A resident of the scheme, which occupies the site of the former Bell Baxter High School in West Port, contacted the Fife Herald after the situation came to head with an altercation between her fiance and an irate mum who was dropping her child off at nearby St Columba’s Primary School.

A good relationship between the school and the local community is important

Jo Boggan, headteacher at St Columba’s RC Primary School

“We usually have a problem between 8.45-9.30am and 2.45-3.30pm,” said the woman, who wished only to be known as Kelly.

“Our street is filled with children, running across the car park with no care for their own safety. They trample through residents’ gardens, ring doorbells, scratch cars and run behind residents cars as we try to leave our parking spots.

“Aside from issues with children thinking that our close is a playground, the parents are now becoming more a nuisance as they park in the residents’ areas.

“Parking here is very tight, with more houses than spaces, and there are often altercations as parents from the school park in residents’ spaces for long periods of time waiting for their children.

“On one such occasion, my fiance was parking his work van near our home, and had a particularly irate ‘school mum’ start verbally abusing him.”

Jo Boggan, headteacher at St Columba’s RC Primary School said: “Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I encourage our neighbours to contact the school if you have any concerns about the behaviour of our pupils on the way to and from school.

“A good relationship between the school and the local community is important. I will look into any complaints we receive and take action if necessary.

“During school assemblies I regularly remind the children about acceptable behaviour to and from school. Through articles in school newsletters I ask parents to be considerate of our neighbours when parking.”