We're trapped inside our homes three times a DAY by selfish school run parents… it's not fair | The Sun

FUMING homeowners claim they are being blocked in their homes three times a day by "selfish" school run parents.

Locals on the quiet cul-de-sac in Dudley, West Mids, are locked in a bitter row with mums and dads.

Some say tensions have got so bad that they are regularly sworn at by parents when they ask them to move.

While others believe the stand-off has now escalated into a class war after being told they "don't count" as they "only live in a council house".

Retired charity shop worker Sue Willets, 63, told The Sun Online: "The problem has got worse and worse and there have been some right barneys. It can be very unpleasant.

"I have asked people to move in a civil manner so I can get my car out and been told to, ‘F**k off’, that, ‘you don’t own the road’ that, ‘I’ve paid my road tax’ or that, ‘you shouldn’t live near a school if you don’t like it’."

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Her husband George Mortimer, 66, a former security man, said: "During the week, we have the problem three times a day with pick up and collection from the nearby primary school and a separate pick up time for the nursery school in the park.

"At weekends it can be even worse because parents will park up while their children play football on the park and they can be there for hours.

"I simply can’t get my car out when they park opposite my gates but if you ask them to move you are likely to get abuse.

"Twice the ambulance has been unable to get through to people in need. It’s a terrible situation."

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Residents on Greaves Road claim the row erupted when parents began blocking their driveways to drop off and pick up their kids at Northfield Road Primary School.

Tempers flared further when the council built a gym hub and allowed a nursery school to open in the nearby park grounds without parking provided.

As a result, locals say they are being blocked inside their homes three times a day.

But defiant parents believe the locals are just "making a fuss" as the cars clean out once the school run is over.

Gordon Smith, 83, said: "I was 42 when I first wrote to the Council about this problem. Now I’m 83 and I am still writing. 

"You don’t want to live constantly feeing at war with other people. But if you have a medical appointment and there is a vehicle parked up for the day opposite your house and you can’t reverse out, it’s just not fair. It eats away at your basic contentment."

The trapped residents are now hoping plans to build off-road parking for 25 cars will help free them from their homes in the morning and afternoon.

The plans will go before Dudley Council's planning committee and could get built from December.

Coun Shaz Saleem, cabinet member for highways and public realm said: "Local residents have requested extra parking for users of the park and school and we are looking at the possibility of providing additional parking within the park.

"We are currently investigating the feasibility of this and looking into any planning requirements before we make any decisions."

Northfield Road Primary School said: "Our school regularly works with local PCSOs to reduce congestion around our school site which is used by a number of community buildings for parking.

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"We actively participate in Parksafe, a Dudley-wide programme. As an additional measure, school opens our gates ten minutes earlier, either side of the school day, to reduce congestions so that all families do not arrive at the same time.

"We also send out regular reminders to parents via our communication systems."

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