Mum accused of blocking driveways during school run protests innocence
A mum accused of blocking driveways with her Land Rover during the school run has protested her innocence.
Residents in Derby claim a white 4x4 is making lives 'a misery' with 'selfish' parking in the morning and afternoon when children arrive and depart a nearby primary school.
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Former soldier Benjamin Broadhurst posted a series of pictures of the Land Rover parked up and allegedly causing problems for other traffic.
He says the driver has been rude when challenged.
The driver was named locally last night as Izabela Szczepanska who lives just a few minutes round the corner from the school.
She claimed not to have received complaints, telling the Daily Mail: "No one has told me or come to my house telling [me] that I blocked someone.
"Just because my car is white and stands out does not mean I am at fault."
Her partner Kully Singh, 43, added: "In future I will now tell her to walk the son to school instead."
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The parking feud near Stenson Fields Primary Community School has reportedly been ongoing for three years.
Police and council have told residents that there is little they can do.
Benjamin, now a property engineer and neighbourhood watch coordinator, said: "She's endangering lives. And that's not an exaggeration.
"The way she parks for example, other vehicles have to swerve out around her.
"She has no regard for anybody else other than herself. She's selfish.
"She has a bigger vehicle than everybody else so she can park where she wants, the way she wants.
"There have a been a few interesting exchanges of words between people.
"Mainly the people dropping their kids of. I've heard people try to talk to her but she just shuts the window and drives off.
"She has the 'I can park where I want because there aren't any parking restrictions' conversation."
A series of images collected by residents show the white Land Rover appearing to block driveways and a grass verge also left churned up.
Another resident Jess Howe, 23, backed claims the driver had blocked driveways.
Jess, who works as a courier, said: "She has no respect.
"She had been parking across the road from my mum and dad's house two months before it started happening [to me].
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"She was asked to move four or five times before she eventually moved up the road to outside the school where she was asked to move again. Next she was parking outside mine.
"I went to speak to the head teacher who has told her not to park there so now she is parking outside my brother's house.
"He couldn't get off his drive recently due to her and so he was late for work at his new job.
"Everybody is really frustrated, literally all the neighbours are annoyed about it.
"I haven't confronted her but I have heard from people that she just shrugs her shoulders and drives off - or even ignores them.
"Both the pub and Asda have said she can park up there but it's no use.
"She only lives on a street across the road - it's a few minutes' walk.
"It's not just her, others park like that too but the others leave quickly - she stays for 45 minutes a lot of the time.
"When you're blocking someone's drive, that's really bad."
Denise Underwood, another resident of the area, claims the problem parker has even churned up a grass verge when dumping her car on it.
Denise, a 57-year-old retired ambulance service technician, said: "We got so frustrated as she went over all of the work we had done [to the verge], planting seeds and she just drove all over it and wrecked it.
"It's not just her [who does it], but she is an absolute menace. She keeps changing her parking spots but they are always bad.
"I wasn't aware of just how close she lived. When I saw where she was driving from I thought 'oh my god, you live down there'.
"There is no light at the end of the tunnel - I feel like it's only going to get worse.
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"There are real safety concerns such as people with a push chair or pram have to go in the road to get past as they block the pavement and that's really bad. Ambulances can't get past."
A spokeswoman for the school said: "We understand parents' predicament but we have to look after our community and the safety of our children comes first. That is paramount.
"We work with Asda and a local pub that are both within a few minutes walking distance and parents can park there for free during those times if dropping their children off. The Asda car park is quite big.
"We close the school grounds as there is limited parking on there and the safety of the children is priority.
"Parking does cause a problem. But we have monitors who go out and are on hand to help. The head teacher is often out there herself. We constantly send texts out and we send letters out too. We are very proactive.
"We try to do as much as we can. We suggest to people that they might consider walking to school or park further away. We also advise them to avoid the very nearby roads where they are particularly small.
"We also have conversations with people and will have words with that individual if we know who it is. But sometimes we don't know who that people are."
A Derbyshire police spokesman said: "We are aware of parking complaints on the road and other streets in the area, which is down to a number of issues including houses with multiple vehicles and the fact that there is a school nearby.
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"This often peaks in the mornings and afternoons, and police officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood team have been to the area on a number of occasions to see the extent of the issue.
"Officers have not been made aware of any cases where inconsiderate parking has put people at risk; however it is a concern for local people and as such, it is something we will continue to monitor."
A South Derbyshire District Council spokesman said: "We would urge people to be considerate, particularly at peak times, when parking near schools.
We will continue to work with the police and our partners to try to alleviate any issues."