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George Spencer Academy bans parents parking to pick up their kids in safety row

13th January 2014 Nottingham County Council, Nottingham Evening Post, STAPLEFORD TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT Tags: 0 Comments

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PARENTS have been banned from stopping outside a Notts school to drop off and pick up their children.

Waiting has been prohibited at the junction of Wellspring Drive and Arthur Mee Road, outside George Spencer Academy in Stapleford.

The county council’s transport and highways committee approved the decision when it met last week.

The move came after people living near the junction raised safety fears because of how busy it was getting at the start and end of school, as well as during community events.

They were also becoming fed up of their drives being blocked by badly-parked cars.

One neighbour, James Smith, 44, said: “People park wherever they can find, often blocking driveways with no thought at all.

“There is also a safety aspect because kids are crossing the road and cars are busy trying to get by each other.”

Sally Richardson, 32, said: “People just park up anywhere they feel like so I’m pleased they are bringing in the restrictions. It will make it much better. I just hope there will be a way to make sure people are sticking to the restrictions or it may prove futile.”

The no-waiting restrictions mean double yellow lines will be painted on both sides of Arthur Mee Road. They will also be painted in Wellspring Dale several metres either side of the junction.

The case was brought before the council by Councillor Stan Heptinstall, who represents Stapleford.

He said: “This is something that has concerned various neighbours of the school for some time.

“I understand parents want to get their children as close to the school as they can. But this can often create a lot of problems.”

Some objections were received by the council from people living further along Wellspring Dale, who believed the measure will move the problem to their part of the road.

One parent, who asked not to be named, said: “I can see the problems if you park here all day but surely it’s not too bad when you pull up for a few minutes to pick your kids up.

“Maybe they’d be better off with a time limit of, say, 30 minutes for waiting.”

The school regularly stages events in the evening and at weekends, which has added to neighbours’ issues.

Academy principal Fraser Mitchell believes the restrictions should be placed on both sides of Wellspring Dale, rather than just the side where the junction is.

He said: “We always work closely with local residents who are a key part of the academy’s community.

“We are supportive of the proposals but request that the restrictions are extended along the south side of Wellspring Dale and in addition should be installed opposite the junction with Arthur Mee Road.”

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