'Parking putting pupils in danger'
A worried parent is calling for bollards to prevent "dangerous" parking outside a city school.
Elizabeth Atkins, who has three sons at Queensmead Academy, in Braunstone, Leicester, says there is an accident waiting to happen outside, particularly at the busy entrance on Hamelin Road.
Mrs Atkins, who lives in nearby Winstanley Drive and walks her sons to and from the school, said: "It's chaotic at the start and finish of the school day with parents dropping off their children and picking them up.
"Some people park on the zig zag lines outside the school and others don't care about mounting the pavement to get a space. It's a huge worry.
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"One car narrowly missed my son by a few inches when it came up on to the curb recently. It's horrifying to watch and I don't want it to take a serious accident before the council does something about this.
"The school does everything it can and is constantly reminding parents to drive safely and responsibly in its newsletter."
Mrs Atkins contacted Leicester West MP Liz Kendall to voice her concerns.
She said: "Thanks to Liz, traffic officers came down for a week and stood outside the school to stop parents parking dangerously, but now they have gone, it's happening all over again.
"Putting bollards on the pavement outside the school would be a permanent solution.
"It needs to be done before a child gets killed."
Queensmead head teacher Andy Clarke said: "We're quite an open site and I'd welcome bollards or any other measures which could bring a solution to this, as we worry about children's safety all the time."
Ms Kendall said: "The council has assured me they will review the road markings to make sure they support the highest levels of road safety. This will include considering a 'no stopping' traffic order so that the police have greater powers."
A city council spokesman said: "We're happy to talk with the school to discuss possible improvements, such as bollards."