Parents told: don’t park in cemetery

Sleaford Cemetery is being used as a free car park at school collection time. EMN-150224-090926001
Sleaford Cemetery is being used as a free car park at school collection time. EMN-150224-090926001

Parents waiting to pick up pupils from a Sleaford primary school have been branded ‘disrespectful’ for parking their cars in the town’s cemetery.

According to acting clerk to the Town Council, Sheila Scholes, there have been increasing complaints received about cars using the main cemetery driveway off Eastgate to park when collecting children from the nearby William Alvey Primary School.

Mrs Scholes will report tonight (Wednesday) to the Services Committee stating: “Complaints have also been made direct to the school and the head teacher had recently put a request to parents in the weekly newsletter.”

She warns parking is restricting access for funeral corteges and has been described as ‘disrespectful’ as drivers are often seen in their cars, playing music and eating while funeral processions and visitors pass by.

Following a meeting with headteacher Stephen Tapley, it has been agreed to work together to stop parents using the cemetery driveway.

This will include signs on the cemetery gates advising parking is restricted, and the headteacher sending out another request to parents about the problem and promoting free parking at Eastgate car park. Mrs Scholes said the school will also look into provision of a ‘walking bus’ from the car park.

Mr Tapley confirmed he will write to parents, adding: “I would encourage all our parents to consider parking in the NCCD car park.”

Grateful for the head’s support, Mrs Scholes added: “If these measures are not successful we will together look at enforcement options, such as yellow lining and patrols.”

Parking outside the school on cycle lanes has also recently been criticised.

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