Parents banned from Fair Isle Primary car park

P7 pupils Natalie Innes, Kieran Mercer, Sophie Stark and Mirren MacDonald with headteacher Rae Walker. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

P7 pupils Natalie Innes, Kieran Mercer, Sophie Stark and Mirren MacDonald with headteacher Rae Walker. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

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Problems with dangerous parking have forced a Kirkcaldy school to ban parents from using its car park.

A long-running issue with drivers picking up and dropping off children at Fair Isle Primary, nursery and family centre in Templehall led the parent council to raise serious concerns over child safety.

And in response, Rae Walker, head teacher at the school, stopped public access to the car park in the school grounds from yesterday (Wednesday).

Mrs Walker said: “I feel saddened that, despite all our efforts to address the car park issues and the additional school budget used to try and make it safer with clear signage, some people are still doing their own thing and endangering the lives of children, parents and staff. We had no option but to close the car park.”

Councillor Neil Crooks, whose ward includes the school, supported the move, saying he does not want a serious injury to be the catalyst for change.

“I was at the last parent council meeting when the frustration with the parking chaos was raised.

‘‘It’s the absolute disregard shown by a few drivers which is most disconcerting, and near misses are commonplace as parents and children dodge the cars parked on pavements and double yellow lines,” he explained.

“The school tried an initiative with P7 pupils, talking to drivers about the concerns, but that was abandoned after the children were verbally abused by a couple of drivers.

“The car park at the school is for staff and most of the time is not a problem. The problem is for 10 or 15 minutes before school starts, when the nursery breaks at lunchtime and in the afternoon at school closure.”

An initiative led by councillors saw a car park built on the old tennis courts at Fair Isle Road, only a few minutes from the school, which drivers are encouraged use, with the support of the school and the local bowling club. It is also easing traffic problems in Alford Avenue, where residents and bowlers were clashing over parking space.

A statement from the parent council said: “Despite double yellow lines being painted, traffic wardens speaking to parents and numerous letters, as well as the area being observed by council officers who also stated the area was unsafe, the same few people continued to park unsafely and drive at speed in the car park.”

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