Neighbors on a quiet street decided to set up a wheelie bin roadblock because they’d had enough parents dropping off and picking up their children at the nearby Cleethorpes Academy and parking in front of their homes.

Residents in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, held a protest on Monday, June 28, claiming that motorists had repeatedly parked in their quiet cul-de-sac.

They gathered at Sandringham Road at the end of the school day to place wheelie bins across the entrance to the cul-de-sac.

As a result, children were delayed in leaving school, and Humberside Police were dispatched to deal with the obstruction on the public highway.

Halton Place leads to a Cleethorpes Academy emergency access gate, which the school converted as a second entry during the epidemic.

One resident of the cul-de-sac, who has lived there for 23 years, told GrimsbyLive: “We understood that the emergency access gate for the school had to be used during the pandemic and it was to keep everyone safe.”

“But now they want to make it permanent. We get parents parking across our driveway. We have to organise our lives around school times.”

Another person expressed dissatisfaction with children riding bicycles on the sidewalk and stated they had tried to complain but received backlash.

“It is not easy for them when students leave en masse and head along the pavements and fill the road.”

“The residents are letting people walk along the road but there won’t be any cars coming through to pick up children.”

Bob Callison, a local Tory councilor who attended the blockage in support of the furious neighbors, said: “There are many ’round here who are elderly, and they can’t get out of their homes or get the home helps they need.

“The residents are letting people walk along the road but there won’t be any cars coming through to pick up children.”

The protest, however, enraged parents with children at Cleethorpes Academy, and several of them phoned the police after pupils were held up when they left school.

“My lad has special needs and needs to be picked up from the same spot every day otherwise he has a breakdown. I don’t block anyone’s drive. It needs sorting,” one parent said.

Cleethorpes Academy Principal Janice Hornby expressed disappointment with the residents’ actions.

She said: “The safeguarding of our students is our number one priority. Government restrictions regarding bubble groups and staggered start and finish times necessitated the opening of the Halton Place entrance.

“This arrangement has proved very successful and has enhanced student safety as the entrance into the Academy from Grainsby Avenue is too small for 900+ students, and there are a large number of cars parked on both sides of the road.

“The Academy has grown substantially since opening in 2010 with a 20 percent increase in numbers on roll. As a result, we have now decided to use both entrances to the Academy.

“We are exceptionally disappointed that the residents of Halton Place and a local councillor have taken this action as it has caused considerable disruption to the Academy and has caused distress to students.”

Despite the protest, Hornby said the Halton Place entrance will be used.