Published: 06:00, 17 September 2020
| Updated: 17:35, 17 September 2020
A father-of-two has spoken about his dismay after being ignored by drivers taking their children to and from two schools who park inconsiderately in the road where he lives.
Artur Gajewski has seen dozens of cars fight for spaces during school drop-off and pick-up times in Compass Close, Rochester, for nearly eight years.
The main cause of the congestion comes from parents of pupils from Sir Joseph Williamson's Maths School and The Rochester Grammar School from 8am to 9am and 3pm to 4pm.
Some drivers mount the pavement in an attempt to beat the traffic while others park across double yellow lines and driveways.
The 42-year-old said he is ignored by drivers when he asks them to move off of his drive and has seen people drive along the pavements.
He said: "I feel absolutely hostile to be honest.
"We can't leave our houses and when we ask the people who have parked over our drive to move, they pretend they can't see us and completely ignore us.
"It is an absolute disregard for those living here.
"There are a lot of old residents who have health problems. I have had a cardiac arrest before and an ambulance was called but if there is another emergency there is no chance an ambulance will be able to get through.
"Emergency services have been stuck in the past when trying to respond and were unable to give care.
"It's the 21st century. Why can't people use public transport to send their children to school?"
Mr Gajewski received an email from the Maths School stating police are now involved in an attempt to resolve the issue.
It said: "They've (Kent Police) received reports of drivers doing U-turns on Maidstone road which has nearly resulted in collisions.
"Kent Police have spoken to parking enforcement who will be attending the location in the next few days."
Head teacher of the Maths School, Eliot Hodges, said: "We appreciate the situation with parking in the local area is challenging, and local residents do face a testing situation at the start and end of the day.
"Parents of both schools use Compass Close as a drop-off and pick-up point and we encourage both parents and senior students to park responsibility and be considerate to our neighbours."
He continued: "Students are encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport to school where possible to reduce the amount of traffic around the school."
A spokesman for Rochester Grammar School said: "We regularly communicate with all parents about the need to park considerately when dropping off or picking up, including sending a letter at the start of this term.
"We apologise if in this instance parents have not parked considerately and will send a further communication on this matter."
Inspector Matthew Burbeck of the Medway Community Safety Unit said: "Both the police and the local authority have powers to respond to parking issues.
"Police officers can deal with a car if it is causing a potentially unnecessary and dangerous obstruction."
He added: "Each incident will be assessed and there are a number of options available to officers depending on the circumstances.
"We ask that motorists park considerately as blocking a pavement may put other road users in danger.
"Even if there is room for a pedestrian, a person in a wheelchair, someone pushing a buggy or using a mobility scooter may have to put themselves at risk just to get past and this is not acceptable."