Police want to tackle football traffic issues

Police want to give traffic problems the red card, after complaints about congestion and inconsiderate parking during the junior football season.

Friday, 18th November 2016, 10:33 am
Updated Friday, 18th November 2016, 11:21 am
Parking congestion around Glendale Middle School in Wooler on Saturday mornings when the Glendale League matches are being played.

The situation in Wooler has become so heated, there have been verbal arguments between residents and visitors about the issue.

Police say some people are parking carelessly in the streets around Glendale Middle School during the Glendale League season, which takes place at the school on Saturdays.

Neighbourhood Inspector Liz Hall said: “We want to remind parents of young players and their supporters to behave considerately when they park here. There is parking available at Wooler FC or Ferguson’s Yard and we would urge people to use these premises.

“Nuisance and illegal parking on pathways, blocking driveways and causing obstructions is a big concern for residents.

“Careless parking causes problems for other motorists in the area, for pedestrians and people living nearby. It also creates a potential safety risk, as inconsiderately parked cars reduce visibility for pedestrians and can be dangerous. We are appealing to people to think about where they are parking, to prevent further complaints.”

Officers will continue to monitor the situation and carry out patrols in the area.

The issue has been discussed at Wooler Parish Council on numerous occasions.

The Glendale League website urges parents to park at Ferguson’s Yard or Wooler FC and stresses the importance of not parking in the roads and streets around the school.