Parents behaving badly: council issues stern warning

June 30 2017

A WARNING has been sent to parents about anti-social behaviour when they drop off and pick up their children from a school in Hanham.

A WARNING has been sent to parents about anti-social behaviour when they drop off and pick up their children from a school in Hanham.

Complaints have been made by residents as well as other parents about the behaviour of some parents and carers who congregate outside of Hanham Abbots Junior School in Creswicke Avenue.

They say they have witnessed swearing and litter dropping as well as inconsiderate parking where parents have blocked the driveways of residents living around the school.

In one instance, a resident returned home from the local shops to find a man stood on her inside the gate of their front path who refused to move when asked.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said she had lost count of the times she had wanted to get out of her drive but couldn't because a parent's car was parked across it.

She said: "Parents are totally inconsiderate to people living in the immediate vicinity of the school. They don't just pull over and block drives to drop their children off; they get out of the car and walk their children to school which means that if I want to go out in my car, I have to wait until they return before I can leave."

A parent, who also asked not to be named, said: "On a daily basis I see parents blocking drives, parking illegally and driving dangerously. They mount kerbs and block pavements so parents with pushchairs have to walk in the road to go past. One parent even started reversing when I was walking behind with my three children.

"It's outrageous - people don't seem to care about any one else but themselves."

Now South Gloucestershire Council's Anti-social Behaviour and Community Safety Team has sent out a warning email via the school to all parents, although it is primarily aimed at those who "meet and greet" in Creswicke Avenue.

The email, written by anti-social behaviour case officer Robert Evely, states that there has been reports of parents arriving shortly after 8am and hanging around talking amongst themselves until 10am before leaving the area. 

Mr Evely has asked them not to leave litter on walls or in the gardens of residents after reports that tin cans, 'smoking debris' and food containers have been left behind and stuffed into garden bushes.

Parents have also been advised not to use any abusive language whilst talking amongst themselves as it can be overheard by residents.

"This kind of language is clearly unacceptable when young children are present," Mr Evely said in the email.

The message also urged parents not to block the driveways or pedestrian gates of houses and to restrict the amount of time they spend dropping off and collecting children so that they minimise the impact on residents.

The school forwarded the council's email to parents adding a message which says: "May we please ask all parents and carers to be respectful to our nearby neighbours as we have very close links to our local community and would like to ensure we uphold our good reputation. We thank you for your co-operation."

Headteacher Mike Weenink told the Voice the school has no jurisdiction over incidents which occur outside school grounds.

He said: "We regularly get complaints from residents about parking across drives, not moving when they've been asked to move, sitting on garden walls and big groups of parents standing together smoking.

"If you're in that group, it might not seem a big problem but it can seem a problem to other people who are trying to get out of the street. 

"The concern was raised by some parents about other parents so it's not an issue which has been raised by the school.

"There isn't any anti-social behaviour on school property as parents who come to into our school are very well behaved and are excellent role models for their children."

Mr Weenink added: "It's not within my role to go out into the streets and tell parents they can't stand there. 

"If parents are anti-social within school grounds then I'd be within my rights to apply a barring order or speak to them about it. If it's on a public highway then it's the police's responsibility.

"Our advice to parents when there is anti-social behaviour out in the streets is to contact the local PCSOs because they are the people with jurisdiction out on the streets."