Legal, maybe...but safe it isn’t

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The vexed question of parking near schools has reared its head again - and on this occasion a reader has pointed out an issue involving the 999 services.

The reader, who has asked not to be named, lives in Market Street and is becoming increasingly alarmed by thoughtless parking.

It came to a head recently when a minibus making its way along Market Street had to stop while a kindly passer-by closed off the mirrors of cars parked on both sides of the street.

Our reader told us: “Fire engines are wider than minibuses, and the road would have been closed off to one.

“Whilst there are no parking restrictions on either side, the reality is that the street is just not wide enough to allow this.

“And several times recently, vans have had to abandon an attempt to make a delivery.” She also referred to a recent incident she witnessed, when a car was parked across someone’s entry, and when the driver eventually returned and was challenged by the person who had been blocked in, retorted: “There are no yellow lines!”

A Brechiner reporter had a look at the area on Friday morning, and saw what our reader meant - whilst virtually everybody had 
parked legally, the cumulative effect was to create a long, narrow single track road - without passing places.

The exceptions to the legal parking were cars which were among the last to arrive, and which either stopped on the zigzag lines outside the school, or simply halted in the middle of the road, blocking everything.

While we were there, every driver we saw was alert and considerate with regard to young children crossing the road.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “We would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to park considerately.

“Any cars parking illegally should be reported to Police Scotland on 101.”