THREE roads in Winchester will be subject to new parking restrictions after residents said they have been verbally attacked by parents on the school-run.
City councillors unanimously agreed to new no-waiting regulations at Stanmore Lane, Queens Mead and Westminster Gate, after hearing from local residents’ issues with parents of the nearby catholic school St Peter’s.
Resident Brian Hague, of Westminster Gate, said: “My wife and I are the longest residents of this street. When shared by parents, vehicles and pedestrians it becomes very dangerous.”
Mr Hague recalled an incident whereby his wife was being dropped home from Kings Worthy Day Centre only for the coach driver to be abused by a mother who was dropping off her child claiming he had driven “too close” to her parked car.
“It’s positively dangerous at times,” he added. “Now I have to go and meet my wife and walk her home. I’m afraid there’s a hardcore of mothers who just don’t care. This scheme is long overdue.”
Now there will be no waiting at any time on both sides of the road on Stanmore Lane, from its junction with Romsey Road to St Catherine’s View care home and the entrance of Queens Mead.
At Westminster Gate there will be no waiting between 8am-9pm and 3pm-4pm.
A letter written by another Westminster Gate resident, David Harte, was read out by ward councillor Jamie Scott.
He said: “The large number of people with small children has resulted in examples of behaviour that would not normally occur in residential streets for parking. Although only a few individuals have been responsible they have particularly upset some occupants. This behaviour includes using the verges, which are in effect front gardens, as a toilet and trampling on flowers.”
Cllr Victoria Weston said: “We have to make sure we get the right scenario for this area but when Pitt Manor opens there will be a lot more option for parents dropping off.”