ANGRY parents have called on council bosses to perform a U-turn after they were told they can no longer park outside a nursery when they drop off their children.
Staff at Footprints Nursery, in Tees Street, Hartlepool, say parents have parked in the street for the past five years as they drop off their children and pick them up without any problems.
But they say they have now been told that unless parents own a business permit, they cannot park on the street at all.
Disgruntled parents now have to park either in Avenue Road or near the Mill House Leisure Centre.
Nursery manager Debbie Randall said parents park at the nursery for no longer than five minutes to check their children have got in safely.
Debbie said people have always had to own a business permit to park in the street.
But she claimed traffic wardens have never handed out fines to parents stopping briefly to drop their children off at the nursery or pick them up.
Debbie is now appealing to council chiefs to “use their common sense” and reconsider their decision so parents can park for a short period of time.
Debbie said: “We have never had any problems at all parking in the street. We had a visit from someone at the council saying parents have been abusing it.
“I understand that people pay for a business permit, but we have been monitoring traffic and the road is never busy other than when there is an event at the Masonic Hall.
“I just don’t see the need for these changes.
“Parents parking has never caused any problems in the street.
“I have been trying to get in touch with the council for the past couple of weeks but I haven’t once had my call returned.
“I just hope they listen to what we are saying and reconsider.”
A Hartlepool Council spokesman said: “Tees Street contains a number of parking bays, most of them designated for business permit holders and some for disabled badge holders.
“We do receive complaints about unauthorised parking in business bays, and as we are not contractually bound to ensure their availability we are asking non-permit holders not to park in them.
“That is why parents dropping children off at the nursery in Tees Street are now being asked to use the short stay car parking in nearby Avenue Road or the permissible loading areas in Avenue Road and Raby Road.”