Call for ac­tion to stop school’s roads chaos

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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.”

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