Consultation on bid to stop parents parking at school

This Is Wiltshire: Coun Richard Hurley at Covingham Primary Coun Richard Hurley at Covingham Primary

A CONSULTATION has started over proposals to impose parking restrictions around Covingham Primary School to tackle nuisance parking when parents drop off and pick up pupils.

Couns Dale Heenan and Richard Hurley (Con, Covingham and Dorcan) are seeking public opinion of a trial scheme they say is urgently needed to stop parents blocking driveways and footpaths, and churning up grass verges.

Swindon Council’s proposal is to introduce parking restrictions in April to cover the peak school hours of 8.45am to 3pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8.45am to 2pm on Fridays.

Single yellow lines and ‘School Keep Clear’ markings would be laid across the front of the school site, in The Harriers, and along Terncliffe to prevent vehicles stopping and to protect the pedestrian entrances.

The scheme would be enforceable by the council’s parking wardens, rather than the police.

Residents could park on the lines in the evenings and at weekends. However, if they park there during the restricted hours, there would be the risk of enforcement.

Coun Hurley said: “The problem is parents are coming, dropping their kids off, blocking people’s driveways and the pavement, stopping the residents from getting out. Some of the residents have been abused by some of the parents, so it’s a big problem.

“And this has gone on far too long. That’s the reason behind it. We need to do something to help the residents.

“Residents cannot event get their cars out. God forbid if there was an emergency down there, it would be an absolute nightmare. And it’s these two particular times of the day.”

Coun Hurley, who has been delivering letters to inform residents of the consultation, said that there was enough parking near St Paul’s Church and the local shops, but parents were not prepared to walk.

This is the latest scheme devised by Swindon Council and ward councillors, working with the school, to try to reduce the impact of traffic and parking on local residents.

In March last year, funding was secured for a ‘Five minute walk to school zone’. In addition, the school now has a walking bus running daily from St Paul’s Church, although ward councillors say this could do with some support with additional adult volunteers and wider promotion to families.

After the latest consultation, Swindon Council intends to use an ‘experimental’ traffic regulation order to trial the scheme for between six and 18 months. Swindon Council will then make a decision on whether, or not, the parking restrictions should continue on a permanent basis.

To comment, visit www.eastswindon.com/parkingrestrictions and complete the online form by March 22.

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8:28am Mon 4 Mar 13

funkmouse says...

this needs sorting in haydon wick as well.you can never get on or off your own drive, get dirty looks when you ask them to move.most of them only live 5 minutes away.get out of your cars and walk.
this needs sorting in haydon wick as well.you can never get on or off your own drive, get dirty looks when you ask them to move.most of them only live 5 minutes away.get out of your cars and walk. funkmouse
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8:46am Mon 4 Mar 13

Swindonboy says...

I have a daughter at this school- every day there are cars parked right outside one entrance obscuring where its written on the road saying "keep clear". adequate parking at st pauls church which is only 2 minutes walk away- Simply plain lazy.
I have a daughter at this school- every day there are cars parked right outside one entrance obscuring where its written on the road saying "keep clear". adequate parking at st pauls church which is only 2 minutes walk away- Simply plain lazy. Swindonboy
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9:47am Mon 4 Mar 13

MrBstard says...

"Residents will be at risk of enforcement if they park outside their own home within the restricted times"....Why? residents parking outside their own homes isn't going to clog the road up with cars parked either side and on grass banks are they, how many cars do you think they have?

Why should the resident be penalised for what the lazy parents are doing, just give residents parking permit badges (free of course) to stick in their car window. Stick a sign up saying residents parking only between the hours of etc etc. Anyone else parked their gets a ticket, simples....No need to penalise the residents, it's not their fault.

Anyhow, the parents dropping off will soon find somewhere else to park, probably the next road along so if you live two roads away from the school watch out, you will have this problem soon, if not already!
"Residents will be at risk of enforcement if they park outside their own home within the restricted times"....Why? residents parking outside their own homes isn't going to clog the road up with cars parked either side and on grass banks are they, how many cars do you think they have? Why should the resident be penalised for what the lazy parents are doing, just give residents parking permit badges (free of course) to stick in their car window. Stick a sign up saying residents parking only between the hours of etc etc. Anyone else parked their gets a ticket, simples....No need to penalise the residents, it's not their fault. Anyhow, the parents dropping off will soon find somewhere else to park, probably the next road along so if you live two roads away from the school watch out, you will have this problem soon, if not already! MrBstard
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10:02am Mon 4 Mar 13

Davey Gravey says...

Get a copper there and start issuing tickets. Those fat women in their Chelsea tractors should be walking anyway.
Get a copper there and start issuing tickets. Those fat women in their Chelsea tractors should be walking anyway. Davey Gravey
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10:13am Mon 4 Mar 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

I suspect this is a problem at most schools. Bridlewood is no different and we regularly get reminders.

Some parents do seem incapable of walking a few hundred yards.
I suspect this is a problem at most schools. Bridlewood is no different and we regularly get reminders. Some parents do seem incapable of walking a few hundred yards. LordAshOfTheBrake
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10:20am Mon 4 Mar 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

LordAsh - that's true, however it would probably help at Bridlewood if the local residents didn't also use all the public parking area that is available (and was built for the school)...
LordAsh - that's true, however it would probably help at Bridlewood if the local residents didn't also use all the public parking area that is available (and was built for the school)... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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10:26am Mon 4 Mar 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
LordAsh - that's true, however it would probably help at Bridlewood if the local residents didn't also use all the public parking area that is available (and was built for the school)...
Interestingly the latest newsletter or parent email that I got from the school actually said that the parking was for residents and not the school and they were reminding parents not to use it.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: LordAsh - that's true, however it would probably help at Bridlewood if the local residents didn't also use all the public parking area that is available (and was built for the school)...[/p][/quote]Interestingly the latest newsletter or parent email that I got from the school actually said that the parking was for residents and not the school and they were reminding parents not to use it. LordAshOfTheBrake
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10:35am Mon 4 Mar 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Nope, the newsletter was talking about Rainham Road, not the public car park in front of the school.

That's half the trouble. Around the back of the flats the residents have allocated (and numbered) parking spaces. But they use all those, and park in the road, and fill up the public car park outside the front of the school gates too (one resident in Rainham Road even deems it acceptable to park their car on the path partially blocking the route through to the playground!).
Nope, the newsletter was talking about Rainham Road, not the public car park in front of the school. That's half the trouble. Around the back of the flats the residents have allocated (and numbered) parking spaces. But they use all those, and park in the road, and fill up the public car park outside the front of the school gates too (one resident in Rainham Road even deems it acceptable to park their car on the path partially blocking the route through to the playground!). The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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11:25am Mon 4 Mar 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Nope, the newsletter was talking about Rainham Road, not the public car park in front of the school.

That's half the trouble. Around the back of the flats the residents have allocated (and numbered) parking spaces. But they use all those, and park in the road, and fill up the public car park outside the front of the school gates too (one resident in Rainham Road even deems it acceptable to park their car on the path partially blocking the route through to the playground!).
Fair enough. Would have helped if they specified which roads they were referring to. Hadn't realised there was parking spaces there.

The spaces that are meant for the school then number about 12, which isn't many; although staff have their car park round the back..

People dropping off also use our estate and park all over the roads/curbs where it cuts through lady lane.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: Nope, the newsletter was talking about Rainham Road, not the public car park in front of the school. That's half the trouble. Around the back of the flats the residents have allocated (and numbered) parking spaces. But they use all those, and park in the road, and fill up the public car park outside the front of the school gates too (one resident in Rainham Road even deems it acceptable to park their car on the path partially blocking the route through to the playground!).[/p][/quote]Fair enough. Would have helped if they specified which roads they were referring to. Hadn't realised there was parking spaces there. The spaces that are meant for the school then number about 12, which isn't many; although staff have their car park round the back.. People dropping off also use our estate and park all over the roads/curbs where it cuts through lady lane. LordAshOfTheBrake
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2:09pm Mon 4 Mar 13

house on the hill says...

""LordAshOfTheBrake says...
10:13am Mon 4 Mar 13

I suspect this is a problem at most schools. Bridlewood is no different and we regularly get reminders.

Some parents do seem incapable of walking a few hundred yards.""

Hence part of the obesity problem for parents and kids alike, just plain lazy.....
""LordAshOfTheBrake says... 10:13am Mon 4 Mar 13 I suspect this is a problem at most schools. Bridlewood is no different and we regularly get reminders. Some parents do seem incapable of walking a few hundred yards."" Hence part of the obesity problem for parents and kids alike, just plain lazy..... house on the hill
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8:47pm Mon 4 Mar 13

OldTown90 says...

Cllr Heenan more faces than the town hall clock

He wasn't concerned about residents parking problems in Old Town when as Chair or Planning he passed planning permission for the Croft School to be crammed in amongst narrow Victorian streets.

Wonder is this is no more than a gimmick to boost he chances in the leader contest to replace Bluh.

It was bad enough with Bluh. Heaven help Swindon if Heenan is his successor.
Cllr Heenan more faces than the town hall clock He wasn't concerned about residents parking problems in Old Town when as Chair or Planning he passed planning permission for the Croft School to be crammed in amongst narrow Victorian streets. Wonder is this is no more than a gimmick to boost he chances in the leader contest to replace Bluh. It was bad enough with Bluh. Heaven help Swindon if Heenan is his successor. OldTown90
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