A BOROUGH-WIDE crackdown on dangerous, careless and illegal parking near schools has seen 80 cars ticketed in a year.

Lancashire County Council wardens visited Pendle 76 times to tackle the problem outside the area's primaries and secondaries.

And now the authority has agreed to extend extend the zig zag lines and bus clearway road markings outside Castercliffe Primary Academy in Marsden Hall Road North, Nelson, where enforcement visits identified a particularly serious problem.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, who called for the crackdown, said: “Lots of people contact me to raise concerns about parking around schools.

"I am pleased to have worked with county councillors to trail these extra patrols which clearly have worked in reducing illegal parking around schools.

"There is still work to be done and once the schools return in September we need to ensure bad habits aren’t allowed to become the norm again.”

The county lead member for highways Cllr Andrew Snowden said: “This will limit the impact on residents and provide a much safer school entrance area

"Having visited the site at Andrew Stephenson’s request I can see the impact these changes will have.”

Cllr Neil McGowan, who represents Marsden ward and led the campaign for improved parking around Castercliffe Primary Academy, said: “It has taken a while but I am finally pleased to see progress is being made."