Council and School Working Together to Tackle Disrespectful Parking at Cemetery

Wigginton Road cemetaryCommunity wardens from Tamworth Borough Council and staff from Flax Hill School are working together to discourage parents from driving into Wigginton Cemetery and parking on the grass when dropping off and picking up their children.

Parents and visitors to the school are allowed to use the Tamworth Borough Council owned car park, which serves the allotments and Wigginton Cemetery, when they drop off and collect their children.

But a handful of parents have been abusing the system by driving through the gates into Wigginton Cemetery and parking on the grass.

Now, community wardens and Flax Hill School are mounting an information campaign to encourage parents to be responsible, respectful and refrain from driving into the cemetery.

This week, the wardens have been handing out information notices to parents at the school, asking them to keep access to the cemetery clear and to only use the designated parking.

Cllr Joy Goodall, Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said, “There have been a number of occasions when some parents who are waiting for their children have driven into the cemetery and parked on the grass, which is disrespectful and can be very upsetting for bereaved relatives.

“We are working with the school to stop this happening and our wardens are playing a big part in that by talking to parents and giving out information.

“We do not want to be heavy-handed, but if the abuse of the cemetery continues, we will have to review the current arrangements and may have to stop all parking in this area.”

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