Call for action to stop school’s roads chaos
APRINCIPAL says action needs to be taken to prevent ‘dangerous parking’ in the area around his school.
Tor View Specialist Learning Community in Haslingden is looking to petition county hall for traffic calming measures around the school to ensure the safety of pupils and nearby residents.
Tor View principal Andy Squire said rising pupil numbers as well as overrunning building refurbishment works have exacerbated the problem.
He said: “We get the frustration of many of the residents on Clod Lane.
“Part of the problem is the growth of the school. Since I first became headteacher in 1998 we had 95 children, we now have got 160 children. We have had a shortage in car parking ●● Andy Squire, principal of Tor View spaces and that’s made it worse. We’re sending out a letter asking parents to be considerate and respectful of our neighbours but it’s difficult because as it’s a public road there is a limit to what we can do.”
Mr Squire said they would work with council roads bosses to tackle the problem.
He added: “Our pupils, who we are teaching to come to school independently, they are suffering from the same issues with parked cars, it makes being a pedestrian quite hazardous. Cars also come down the road very fast. It’s in our interest as well to work with the council to try and get some traffic calming measures and parking restrictions in place. At the moment there are no traffic calming measures at all.”
Clod Lane resident Kara Read-Barnes said something needs to be done urgently about traffic problems and poor parking in the area.
She said: “It’s a nightmare. The council don’t seem to want to know unless there is a fatality. My son has nearly been hit while walking on the pavement. Around Tor View where I live it’s just horrendous. It’s ridiculous on Clod Lane, people are parked on the corner, parked in front of my drive.
“People don’t even leave enough room to get a pram ●● Clod Lane in Haslingden near Tor View school or a wheelchair past on the pavement, it’s just disrespectful. I am having to walk in the road with my children because I can’t get past.”
The 39-year-old added: “It’s time the school and the council worked together to get something done. This parking is illegal.”
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “Many schools experience problems with parking and congestion outside the school gates, and our safe and healthy travel team works with them to offer advice and supply resources to try to tackle the problem. These include A-boards to highlight safety messages, templates for communications with parents and resources for our ‘Right Start Pedestrian Training Programme’.
“Targeted parking enforcement is one option we can and do use to deter illegal parking, however this only has a short-term impact compared with working with parents to encourage them to park further away and walk a short distance, or consider alternatives to the car.”