AFTER reading the story about “School parking” (July 7) I realised that it must have been the day, whilst driving towards Castle Hill, when the road became blocked with traffic.
In front left, I could see cars parked solid and a coach nosed into the kerb with it’s rear end sticking out blocking half the road. At the time I thought the coach had broken down, the traffic on the other side had built nearly to the picnic area. All in all the traffic queue was over 3/4 mile long.
As a driver, traffic wardens aren’t my favourite folk either but after reading the story it seems he or she had a very rough deal and it appears that only half the story was told to the paper.
He or she was a warden with a severe traffic problem looming, which apparently wasn’t noticed by either teachers or parents.
Teachers and parents please consider the sequence of events and decide if any common sense was applied that day.
1: Fridays. Workers finish early, heavier traffic, more parked vehicles - so school organises trip!
2: Parents. Fifty children on a coach equals extra cars parked on the roadside, on the busiest weekday
3: Parents. If the driver got a ticket for parking correctly, then why didn’t all the parents with vehicles get one as well?
4: How much road space does a coach need to go round a parked vehicle then come to a stop. Consider the size of a marked out bus stop area. How much space did you parents leave?
5: Parents and teachers. You displayed stubbornness, over zealous attitude and an absence of using brainpower throughout the altercation when really you should have kept your noses out. The warden was addressing the driver only, nobody else had comitted an offence. The driver must have known he was badly parked and causing a problem.
With hindsight, all this publicity and trouble could easily have been avoided by taking the coach load of children and any parents/teachers that was on the trip down to the picnic area and ask the parents with transport to park on the area, pick up their own children and there would have been ample room left in the cars to transport the leftover children/teachers and parents that needed to get back to school to be picked up or otherwise.
If as you indicated the children’s safety is your first prority then the above action would have taken 50 children away from a potential accident area into a completely safe off-road environment to get into their respective vehicles and doing so they would have had a lot less distance to walk than the operation takes (on the road side) back at school.
The points I have tried to depict are:we are all guilty of criticising others for all manner of reasons and we all do and say the very same things ourselves.
A small squib can very quickly develop into a volatile situation, even more so when a lot of adults are present and potentially all could get involved. Also the children would definitely remember an ugly situation like that for a very long time.
Best to replace any confrontation with arbitration.
You know it makes sense.
The Todmordian (by email)