People living next door to an Ayr secondary school have slammed inconsiderate parents who drive their kids to the school each day.

Residents say scores of vehicles queue outside Kyle Academy are causing traffic chaos resulting in angry confrontations between motorists and residents.

John McGuire, chairman of the local Forehill, Holmston and Masonhill Community Council (FHMCC), says householders living near the school in Overmills Road are at their wits' end.

He explained: "Concerns centre on the school opening and finishing times when the streets are gridlocked with cars dropping off or picking up children.

"Driveways are being blocked, double parking is common, and in some instances, there have been displays of bad manners.

"Residents are asking parents to move their car and getting abuse back.

"They are also concerned that this congestion could result in serious accidents."

The community council is trying to set up a forum to tackle the problem and have invited Kyle Academy, Police Scotland, and South Ayrshire Council representatives to a meeting at the school on Tuesday, April 25.

Mr McGuire says the problem has got steadily worse since last October.

He added: "There is only one road in and out of the school, which is making things worse.

"Things are particularly bad during any bad weather, when the parents are even more determined to drive their kids to school.

"More and more local people are coming to our meetings to air their concerns.

"There is a lot of frustration."

He continued: "When you speak to the authorities you feel that you are getting a collective shrug of the shoulders, as if they don't know what to do.

"There is a campus policeman, but parents are really just ignoring him.

"On some days residents can't get out of their homes to get to work."

Mr McGuire says Kyle Academy also has a wide catchment area, which means parents are more likely to drive their children there.

He told the Advertiser he would like to see a change in the local road management and spare ground near the school turned into a car park.

South Ayrshire Council has been approached for comment.