Chatteris head fails to stop county council - supported by town council- pressing ahead with double yellow lines outside her school
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A head teacher’s opposition has failed to stop Cambridgeshire County Council hoping to succeed –at its second attempt- the installation of double yellow lines outside her school.
The county council is to be asked to approve the restrictions which have been advertised and supported by the town council and a number of residents.
Jane Horn, principal of Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, said her school was in favour of parking restrictions with some parking bays on both sides of Wenny Road.
“However as a school we object to the proposal of double yellow lines on both sides of the road,” she told the county council.
“We would prefer double yellow lines on one side (the school side) with single yellow lines on the side opposite the school. We feel parking restrictions on the single yellow lines should be in force from 7:30am to 4:30pm every week day, with parking allowed in the evening and overnight and at weekends.
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She said: “This is principally because when we have evening events for parents we do not have enough parking in our school car park for staff and visitor cars.
“We can manage this during the day, but not in the evenings when a lot of people visit us at the same time. We feel to restrict parking on both sides of Wenny Road in the evenings will simply push people to park in neighbouring streets – which the residents may not like.”
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A report to the county highways committee – that will be asked to approve the restrictions on December 1- said the funding has come through a campaign by the town council under a joint initiative.
An earlier scheme was dropped because of a failure to secure consensus but the county says it was revisited it to address to the initial concerns.
The college wanted a single yellow line with restrictions for school start and finish times but the town council confirmed to the county they would only support double yellow lines due to safety and enforcement issues.
The late county councillor Sandra Rylance supported the scheme and her successor, Councillor Richard Mandlley, is also in favour.
The county council says: “We have created areas where people can park safely and sometimes parking further away and walking is the safer option.
“Part of this scheme is to install a new pedestrian crossing point near to the school.
“Another scheme that is due to begin construction in January is a new footpath across the recreation ground to the East, linking to the Elms estate. These should make it much easier and safer to walk.”