Parking restrictions outside Covingham School Update
We have been keeping residents updated on the ongoing work to resolve the issues of parking in the local area. In my last letter to residents in December, I outlined the possible options under discussion and mentioned that there would be a resident consultation around this time.
The Council and ward Councillors have worked with Covingham School to try to help reduce the impact of traffic and parking on local residents. For example in March 2012, we secured funding for a ‘5 minute walk to school zone’ and this is promoted regularly within the school. In addition, the school now has a walking bus running daily from St Paul’s Church, although this could do with some support with additional adult volunteers and wider promotion to families.
A potential scheme has been agreed with the Swindon Borough Council Highways department and the Council’s School Travel Adviser. This is your opportunity to let us know your thoughts. Covingham School are also being consulted.
The proposal is to introduce parking restrictions in April to cover the peak school hours
8.45am – 3pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am – 2pm on Friday’s
Single yellow lines and ‘School Keep Clear’ markings will be laid across the front of the school site, the Harriers and along Terncliffe to prevent vehicles stopping and to protect the pedestrian entrances. A map showing the specific details is on our website and the reverse of this letter. This scheme will be enforceable by Swindon Borough Council parking wardens, rather than the Police. Residents can park on these lines in the evenings and at weekends. However, if residents park during the restricted hours then there will be the inevitable risk of enforcement.
Please let us know whether you support, or object, to this proposal by Friday 22nd March!
Swindon Borough Council will be using an “Experimental” Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to try out this scheme and it can last between 6 months and 18 months. Swindon Borough Council will then make a decision on whether, or not, the parking restrictions should continue on a permanent basis.
The Council will consult statutory organisations like the Police, Fire and Ambulance Services, but, if this goes ahead it will not be possible to lodge a formal objection to the parking restrictions until they are implemented. Any objection would be against the parking restrictions being permanent, rather than their initial start. These restrictions could be controversial for local residents and parents who use the School, so it is crucial for you to show your support, or objection, to the parking restrictions because it is not a decision that can be made lightly.
If you have any questions, concerns or would like to show your support or objection, please contact us