School neighbours’ alarm as parents directed to park outside their homes

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 August 2012

Photo by Simon Horn.

Photo by Simon Horn.


NEW parking regulations at a Weston school have sparked concern among residents who believe the new system is ‘unfair’ and will cause ‘chaos’.

Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, in Windwhistle Road, has recently put out a notice to parents warning that from September the school gates will be closed for one hour per day due to fire regulations.

Parents who pick up their children by car have been asked to park in Broadoak Road, which has caused some concern for residents.

Richard Jones, aged 56, has lived in the road for eight years and said it has got more and more difficult to park in his own street.

He said: “The parking situation has deteriorated over a few years. There seems to be more staff from the school parking along Broadoak Road, which creates a problem for the residents.

“From September they are closing the school gates for an hour each day and with more parents parking in Broadoak Road I can see it being very chaotic.

“It just does not make any sense at all. And if the area becomes very congested I am concerned about the safety of the children who are coming out of the school.

“Broadoak Road is very wide but at school times the place is chaotic. My nephew’s children will be attending the school in September and with the amount of residents trying to get out of their drives and kids crossing the roads, I think it will cause a problem.”

On the school’s website, under new items, the following post has been added: “From September between 2.30pm and 3.20pm, the gates at the front of the college will be closed.

“This is to comply with fire regulations for the college.

“We would advise that you park in Broadoak Road at the rear of the college, should you wish to continue to pick your child up.

“Access for disabled parking and taxis at the front of the college will still be available in the appropriate parking bays. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Mr Jones said: “The school takes the health and safety of the staff and children seriously but I think this will create more parking issues.

“Local residents are not being taken into consideration and I do not think it is fair. If you change one thing it ripples out to something else.”

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