Covingham School Parking at the start/end of the school day
In January, we held one of our regular street surgeries around the Harriers. Councillor Richard Hurley, Councillor Kevin Parry and I heard from many residents about the increasing difficulties and problems caused, at the start and end of the school day, from parents dropping off and collecting their children at the local school.
I am pleased to let residents know that we have been able to secure two specific actions to help tackle this problem, and £3000 towards the costs of implementing them.
The first is a School travel campaign for a five minute walking zone. The scheme aims to encourage families to walk for at least part of their journey, by showing how far they could reasonably walk in five minutes. The zone is mapped by the children.
Families who live inside the zone are encouraged to walk or cycle every day, and those who live further afield are encouraged to park outside the zone and walk the rest of the way.
I have seen the results of where this has taken place in other schools, and the number of cars causing a problem, even after six months, has been reduced by around 40% to 50%. Council officers have started to work on the walking zone scheme and we hope it will be launched shortly after Easter!
The second action is to investigate a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to restrict parking outside the school and along streets during peak hours, such as the start and end of every school day. Richard, Kevin and I have heard from many residents that this is what they would really like to see.
Unfortunately with the elections fast approaching, Council Officers are restricted in starting new or controversial initiatives such as the Parking hours TRO. This means that work will not start until the end of May at the earliest, and the expectation needs to be that the change is timed to the start of a new term – for instance in September 2012.
Local residents will be properly consulted so that you have the opportunity to provide comments for or against the idea. If you have any ideas of other ways to tackle this problem, please let me know.reassurance that the issue is being tackled.