A PRIMARY school already plagued by parking problems could now have to contend with the addition of 10 new houses on its doorstep.
There are fears plans to build the homes in Church Gresley, near the Pennine Way Junior Academy, could exacerbate the issue which has had residents and parents at loggerheads.
The school’s head teacher Richard Mansfield and local councillors are also in disagreement about the way forward for the cramped cul-de-sac.
Mr Mansfield told the Mail he felt 10 extra houses would only add to the difficulties, while Church Gresley councillor Trevor Southerd said more low-cost housing in the area was badly needed.
Mr Southerd suggested residents should give up allocated parking areas to allow them to be used by parents at drop-off and collection times.
He said: “A lot of problems with parking at the new school could be alleviated, it appears to me. There are three underused car parks built for the residents of Pennine Way. Invariably they are empty.
“There will only be a maximum of 10 houses, and it is low-cost housing, which is needed.”
“But we need to speak to parents and to the school about the possibility of using these car parks. It might mean a two or three minute walk to the school but that doesn’t seem so bad.”
But Mr Mansfield said: “The issue is the new houses are only going to cause more of a problem rather than solve it. I think it will only accentuate it.”
He agreed the car park plan could be a potential way forward, but that the only real solution is to encourage more parents to leave their cars at home.
“Ultimately we have to try to encourage parents and children to walk and cycle. We are going to make a concerted effort to talk to councillors and parents to make a difference,” he said.