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Residents accuse parents of being ‘lazy’ at school, parking in a disabled bay and sitting on their phones for 40 minutes

RESIDENT has criticized “lazy parents” for parking in the handicapped bay while on their way to school – with some reportedly sitting on their phones for up to 40 minutes.

A large number of parents are reported to have stopped without a Green Badge at the Ponteland Recreation Center in Ponteland, Northum, during the school pick-up and drop-off period.

A large number of parents are said to have stopped without a Green Badge at the Ponteland Recreation Center

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A large number of parents are said to have stopped without a Green Badge at the Ponteland Recreation Center

The Recreation Center is less than a mile from Ponteland Primary School and Ponteland High School, and on the same council-owned site on Callerton Lane, Chronicle Live report.

And according to one mother, the close proximity of the sites has turned the entertainment center into a “school parking lot”.

Kate Fletcher Günüşen, from Ponteland, said her mother, Pamela Fletcher, had been unable to park in the disabled bays “several times” due to her “not careful” parents.

She said her mother suffered from scoliosis and leg problems, which made it extremely difficult for her to walk.

But her weekly outing time with Kate’s three-year-old child at the recreation center conflicts with time spent at home to go to school.

Kate, 43, said: ‘There was a time when she had to drive around the car park’s one-way system for more than twenty minutes waiting for a handicap bay to go free.

“It’s extremely frustrating and really disrespectful. I wouldn’t dream of parking in a handicapped bay, even for five minutes, but they’re there for up to 40 minutes, often just sitting in the car aimlessly. decency and answering the phone.”

“The center is being used as an extra parking lot for the school, and it shouldn’t be. I think it’s just parental laziness if I’m telling the truth.”

Kate said during one visit to the recreation center, she counted only six out of “about 20” cars parked in the disabled area with a Green Badge on the window.

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She added that drivers would “avoid her gaze and obviously feel awkward” but still refuse to move their illegally parked cars.

She also said she had complained directly to the Ponteland Recreation Centre, which acknowledged the problem, but said it was a council-owned car park so it was not their responsibility.

Ponteland Primary School declined to comment.

But the parking policy on their website tells parents to “encourage the child(ren) to walk, ride or cycle to school whenever possible”.

Northumberland County Council said the parking order will be in place in the recreation center parking lot, where Penalty Charge Notices will be processed for vehicles parked in accessible bays without blue badge.

A spokesperson for the council told Chronicle Live: “We are aware of ongoing problems with parking on this site, specifically users parking in accessible bays without a parking lot. blue badge.

“Regular building users are informed of the need to leave these bays empty for those who especially need them.

Ponteland Leisure Center is a short distance from two schools

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Ponteland Leisure Center is a short distance from two schools

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Bobby Allyn

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