Dan­ger­ous park­ing may kill pupil, says par­ent

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

A WOR­RIED par­ent has warned traf­fic con­ges­tion and dan­ger­ous park­ing out­side a school could claim a pupil’s life if noth­ing is done.

The mum claimed an al­ready-bad sit­u­a­tion out­side Bryncethin Pri­mary near Brid­gend has been made worse be­cause coaches car­ry­ing pupils from the nearby high school were also us­ing the road.

“The road is so dan­ger­ous. It’s an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen,” she said.

“And now there are five to seven coaches bring­ing pupils from Co­leg Cy­munedol Y Dder­wen down Heol Canola and past the school as the pupils are leav­ing.

“It’s hor­ren­dous. One of our chil­dren is go­ing to be killed.

“Three chil­dren were knocked over by cars last year but thank­fully were not se­ri­ously in­jured.”

The wo­man, who did not wish to be named, said peo­ple also park on the yel­low zig zag lines by the school gates.

“I saw a child have a close call the other day as some­one had called them across the road and a car came the other way. I have made 137 phone calls to Brid­gend coun­cil since last Thurs­day and no­body has re­turned my calls.”

A Brid­gend coun­cil spokesman said: “Un­for­tu­nately, con­ges­tion around schools dur­ing peak times is a na­tional prob­lem, and the buses are not the main is­sue here. To help ease the sit­u­a­tion at Bryncethin Pri­mary, the lo­cal com­mu­nity coun­cil has pro­vided a car park di­rectly op­po­site the school that par­ents can use. A new mo­bile CCTV ve­hi­cle will soon be vis­it­ing the lo­ca­tion to en­sure that peo­ple are park­ing prop­erly and are not caus­ing an ob- struc­tion, and as with all lo­cal schools, the coun­cil’s Road Safety team will be closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.”

A mum claims traf­fic con­ges­tion and park­ing by Bryncethin Pri­mary School is put­ting pupils’ lives at risk

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