Clogged school road set for yellow lines

TRAFFIC problems at a Great Cornard school have prompted plans for parking restrictions in clogged up roads.

Suffolk County Council’s proposals to paint double and single yellow lines in Butt Road, near the entrance to Pot Kiln Primary School, were backed by Great Cornard parish councillors at a meeting on Monday.

The lines, which would mean a combination of permanent non-parking zones and areas with restricted parking between 8am and 9.30am and 3pm and 4.30pm on weekdays, were requested by the school.

Speaking during the meeting, councillor Stuart Sheridan, a former governor of Pot Kiln School, said: “Even when it was a small school, the parking was chronic. People don’t get out of their cars and they drive as close as possible and wait for their children.

“The school needs to do more to discourage parents from parking up there as well. I support these plans as long as they are enforced.”

Councillor Tony Bavington blamed the problems, which he said would increase after the school takes on two extra years by September 2013, on a lack of research by the county council.

“This is one of the unforeseen and unexamined results of the council undertaking the school organisational review without investigating first,” he added.

Councillors Pam White and Tom Keane said residents near the school exacerbated the issues by parking on the road.

“I worry that, if we put yellow lines down there, will it stop the residents that live there as well, and will we just move the problem further down the road?” said Mrs White.

But councillor Mark Newman said: “If people who live there park in their allocated places, I can’t see there would be a problem.”

The council voted unanimously in favour of the double yellow lines, recommending that Suffolk County Council review the situation after a year, with Mr Keane and councillor John Sayers describing the positions of the lines as “sensible.”

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said the proposals would be advertised in September through local media, allowing people to give their opinions.

“Provided there are no objections we will hopefully be able to complete the works in the autumn,” she said.

“If we do receive objections, the process will potentially take more time and we could see the work carried out early in 2013.”