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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Drive slower plea from Workington school head

A Workington primary school headteacher has appealed to parents to drive more carefully to keep pupils safe.

David Warbrick, headteacher at Beckstone Primary School in Harrington, has sent messages in newsletters to parents asking them not to add to congestion at Eadie Street, which leads to the school.

Double yellow lines, zigzag markings and no stopping signs between 8am and 9.15am and from 3pm to 4pm have been placed on Church Road and Eadie Street.

But neighbours near the school claim that some drivers are ignoring the traffic signs at school opening and finishing times.

Mr Warbrick said: “I do understand there is limited parking which is a major problem near the school.

“There are sometimes issues with parking on zigzags. We need to have children’s safety as paramount.

“I appeal to parents regularly in newsletters requesting they don’t go down Eadie Street as there is nowhere to turn.

“In reality it’s only for a few minutes each day but I do understand from locals it does get congested.”

Mr Warbrick said that a pathway between the school and High Harrington had eased some of the traffic. The path was funded by cash secured by local county councillor Majorie Rae.

Hilary Harrington, independent town and borough councillor who lives on Church Road, said: “It’s been a problem for years. I wish someone could find a solution.”

Josh Cass, 21, of Church Road, who was knocked over by a car outside his home in December, said: “People come down here an hour before school ends just to get a spot.

“It’s always busy and there is not enough room for everyone to park.”

Joe Dransfield, 35, of Church Road, whose car has been hit twice outside his home, said he was rarely able to park even with a permit.

He said: “People are ignoring the signs. It’s absolutely manic down here. More enforcement is needed.”

Meanwhile Jenny Bell, administrator at Workington’s Victoria Junior School, said congestion was bad on Victoria Road and Pilgrim Street. There had been incidents when cars had been left in the middle of the road and had blocked the school’s car park entrance.

Seaton Academy have also had issues with cars parking on double yellow lines. The school plans to circulate a police letter about the issue to parents.

A police spokeswoman said they had been made aware of complaints about parking near town schools.

She added: “Police patrols have targeted these areas in the past to deter this type of behaviour and warn motorists of the dangers that their actions can cause others.”

She said police were in the early stages of planning a joint initiative with the local council, which was the parking enforcement agency.

Have your say

according to the traffic survey, implimented by developers of two new housing estates in Harrington....we do not have a problem..the congestion and lack of parking facilities for the school is horrific..parking on church road is a problem at anytime but during school drop off and pick up times it is unbearable..

Posted by mrs wiggin on 16 March 2013 at 11:19

I agree with Hilary Harrington :)

Posted by Cumbria on 19 February 2013 at 00:34

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