Fuming locals set up bin blockade after getting fed up of school run parking

Wheelie bins have been lined up to form a road blockade by residents fed up with the school run on their doorstep.

Furious locals wheeled out more than a dozen bins in a protest over parents driving through their road to drop off and collect their kids from a nearby school.

Protesters explained they are sick of feeling stuck inside as parents park on their driveways since Cleethorpes Academy in Lincolnshire adopted a one-way system for the pandemic.

The school's principal reacted to the disruption by admitting she was confused that people who choose to live by a school are surprised by passing children, Grimsby Live reports.

The heated scene meant children were delayed leaving school and police had to be called because of the obstruction to the public highway.

The school had been using the access on to the road to implement a one-way system during the coronavirus pandemic for use by The children in Years 7 and 8 – and says it will continue to be used to keep children safe.

One resident said she had lived in Halton Place for 23 years and was exasperated by the number of times she had not been able to get out of her home.

She said: "We understood that the emergency access gate for the school had to be used during the pandemic and it was to keep everyone safe. But now they want to use it permanently and we are just not having it.

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"We were promised that it would only be used during the pandemic. But now they want to make it permanent. We get parents parking across our driveway. We have to organise our lives around school times."

A sign was placed on the wheelie bins during the protest stating "Road Closed – residents protesting, emergency vehicles and resident access only."

Placards were also put up, stating "No school traffic."

Croft Baker ward councillor Bob Callison attended the blockade in support of the residents.

He said: "When Covid broke out the residents were understanding because it was only going to be temporary.

"There are many round here who are elderly and they can't get out of their homes or get the home helps they need.

"It is not easy for them when students leave en masse and head along the pavements and fill the road. The residents are letting people walk along the road but there won't be any cars coming through to pick up children."

The protest caused disruption for parents who arrived to pick up their children.

One parent of a child with special needs said: "It was chaos. They were out of order doing that. There is a pandemic on.

"My lad has special needs and needs to be picked up from the same spot every day otherwise he has a breakdown. I don't block anyone's drive. It needs sorting."

Janice Hornby, Cleethorpes Academy Principal, told Grimsby Live she was disappointed in the residents' action.

She said: "We are exceptionally disappointed that the residents of Halton Place and a local councillor have taken this action as it has caused considerable disruption to the Academy and has caused distress to students.

"I cannot understand why residents who bought properties near a school are surprised when children arrive and leave by walking on pavements near their homes.

“We would like to thank the local police for their swift response in supporting the Academy to deal with this situation and in helping our staff ensure that students could safely leave the site."

She said: "We are mindful of a sensible resolution to this problem but safeguarding our students remains our number one priority, and for that reason we will continue using both entrances to the Academy as was the original arrangement when the school first opened.”

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: "We were called to reports of a small protest and highway disruption on Halton Close in Cleethorpes at 2.30pm today."

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