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Parking plan may cause more problems at school, councillors claim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 19, 2014

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A PLAN to ease parking issues outside a Burton school may actually have completely the opposite effect, it has been claimed.

Proposals to introduce a drop off point for pupils at Violet Way Academy and Paulet High School in Stapenhill have been the subject of concerns for members of Brizlincote parish councillors, who say they are worried it may do more harm than good.

Though the group supported the idea of addressing the problem, some said they had concerns over how it would be enforced and the impact it would have elsewhere.

At their latest meeting on Thursday evening, Councillor Jim Muir said: “People will park wherever they want to, so will this solve the problem? When people get that youngster in the car to go to school, they stop being rational.

“It won’t stop people parking in adjoining roads.”

Councillor Adrian Cowan added: “I’m concerned it won’t solve the problem, it will make other areas – the side streets – more congested.

“The way to solve this is to ask the schools to speak to the parents and ask them to have respect.”

He said he was also worried about the cost of the plan, fearing it would be too expensive to implement both on Violet Way and in other parts of the county which have similar problems.

Inappropriate parking has been an issue outside Violet Way Academy for some time, with community leaders concerned that it could be dangerous for little ones at the school.

This proposal – for an enlarged ‘drop-off lay-by – was put forward after county Councillor Conor Wileman commissioned a feasibility study into how to deal with the problem.

He said: “This is the number one resident problem I get emails about. It would be wrong of me to put it to one side. I feel we should see if it is possible to do this.@

The idea is currently nothing more than a proposal, but with the support of the parish council and the schools, it will now be taken forward to the stage where a design can be drawn up and further consideration can be given to the plan.

Further suggestions put forward by councillors include the addition of a time limit in the lay-by and the necessity of restrictions on the road.

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