Parents frustrated as car park next door is locked
PARENTS of pupils in a Swansea school are calling on the council to help end a parking nightmare.
They say parking is so difficult outside Ysgol Gymraeg Tirdeunaw, on Heol Ddu in Treboeth, that lives are being put at risk.
It is so bad that parents are even resorting to arriving up to an hour before the end of school to ensure a parking place nearby.
They also claim a possible solution lies in the car park of the now closed Daniel James School, which is adjacent, but the gates are locked.
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Mike Abbott, the grandfather of one pupil, said: "At present it is a fight to try and get proper parking for parents and grandparents of the pupils of the Welsh school. Every morning between 8.20am and 8.50am it is a real struggle to park your car to allow access to the school, and it is the same between 2.20pm and 3pm.
"I know that there are other schools in Swansea with the same problem but there is a difference here in that there is a perfectly good car park that can take about 200 cars next door on the site of the old Daniel James School.
"Unfortunately, Swansea Council has padlocked this car park and will not allow parents and grandparents to use it."
"There are children crossing this extremely busy road, and although a pedestrian crossing is provided it is only a matter of time before a mistake is made and an accident occurs. Do we have to wait until the unthinkable happens before things change?"
Parent Kathy Reynolds said: "The situation is absolutely dreadful. There is nowhere else for us to park, it's either double-yellow lines or residents parking.
"The Daniel James car park would solve the problem. We would all be willing to chip in to pay for someone to manage the car park if the council wanted."
Another parent, Annmarie Owen, of Morriston, said: "I live in Morriston so I have to leave at 1.30pm as by 2pm all the available spaces are taken."
A Swansea Council spokesman said: "It is parents' responsibility to ensure they park responsibly and safely around schools as children's safety is paramount. If parking immediately around any school at peak times is not an option, parents should find alternative safe parking spaces.
"While no decisions have been made, officers are considering a number of options to relieve parking congestion around YGG Tirdeunaw at peak times ,including the consideration of a pick-up/drop-off point nearby."