Saturday, 23 September 2017

Parking ban on parents

PARKING restrictions are to be introduced outside Sonning Common Primary School in a

PARKING restrictions are to be introduced outside Sonning Common Primary School in a bid to stop parents parking thoughtlessly.

The parish council has agreed to pay £4,300 for a 95m single yellow line in Grove Road.

The new measure was recommended by the village’s police community support officer Mark Bell.

Pcso Bell said Grove Road residents had complained about their driveways being blocked by parked cars, particularly at the start and finish of the school day, and dangerous driving.

He wanted the yellow line to be enforceable from 8am to 10am and 3pm to 4pm. 



Council chairman Douglas Kedge said: “The school is in favour and it seems a good idea.

“The main reason is to prevent obstructions and parked cars stopping the flow of traffic.

“It is hell as it stands because there is no room for overtaking.”

Councillor Barrie Greenwood, who lives in the street, said he was concerned about the problem just being pushed further away from the school.

“We should be informing residents with a clear explanation of  the justification for it,” he said. “Just as a courtesy because it will impact on them.”

Councillor Leigh Rawlins said: “We can take advice on how long it will take and then brief people when we know the facts.”

The cost of the work includes £2,500 in legal fees and £500 for signage.

Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, will carry out the work but has said it can’t afford to contribute to the cost. The school may contribute up to £200.



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