Action urged over parking at Waterfoot school

From left, Andrew Coombe,  principal officer developer support team at LCC, Coun Karl Kempson, Jake Berry and two local mums outside Waterfoot Primary School

From left, Andrew Coombe, principal officer developer support team at LCC, Coun Karl Kempson, Jake Berry and two local mums outside Waterfoot Primary School

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ROSSENDALE's MP and a ward councillor are calling for urgent action to ease chaotic traffic outside a school before a child is injured.

Parents of children at Waterfoot Primary School, in Wolfenden Green, continue to park in the narrow cul-de-sac blocking residents’ driveways at peak times, despite the school sending ‘regular letters reminding parents of the danger and inadvisability of doing so’, according to its headteacher.

Jake Berry said: “Waterfoot Primary is an amazing building, but whoever was responsible for planning the access in and out of the school has got a lot to answer for.

At a recent meeting myself, Coun Karl Kempson and local parents discussed a number of options to resolve the situation and the council have agreed to look into them. I am very clear that no action is not an option and we must find a solution before there is an accident.”

Coun Kempson said: “As the local councillor for Waterfoot, I know dozens of families who have raised this as a problem. Lancashire County Council must do something before a child gets hurt.”

Headteacher Simon Jones said: “The biggest issue the school faces remains with cars coming down Wolfenden Green to park, despite an advisory notice to the contrary, and regular letters reminding parents of the danger and inadvisability of doing so, which is also part of the school prospectus.

“We also run a ‘Golden Boot’ award to encourage children to come on foot.

“The school has met with LCC representatives and the local MP to help improve the situation, but it still remains a concern for the school.

“We hope that the renewed interest in the issue by elected representatives will help find an effective solution.”

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “A number of issues were discussed at the meeting and we're currently looking into them.”

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4:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Gob says...

It's the same bone-idle ones every single day who force their way through the kids and parents. They won't listen because they are too self-centred, plain lazy or just generally thick - some even a wonderful combination of all these traits.

As for access, blame lays with the developer and those who accepted the plans. No doubt a well-known one who screws folk over regularly.
It's the same bone-idle ones every single day who force their way through the kids and parents. They won't listen because they are too self-centred, plain lazy or just generally thick - some even a wonderful combination of all these traits. As for access, blame lays with the developer and those who accepted the plans. No doubt a well-known one who screws folk over regularly. Gob
  • Score: 7

5:17pm Wed 16 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

The catchment area for primary schools should be so small parking should never be an issue as most people can walk. Granted some parents will have to be at work for X time so time constraints are an issue but I fear if it's anything like the primary schools I know most parents will drive to school and then back home.

In an ideal world schools with bad access or busy roads should run some sort of 'Park & walk' scheme on a bit of wasteland/car park close by, but this would take volunteers to run the 'walking buses' and when you throw in CRB checks, fluorescent jackets and other health and safety nonsense it just wouldn't be possible.
The catchment area for primary schools should be so small parking should never be an issue as most people can walk. Granted some parents will have to be at work for X time so time constraints are an issue but I fear if it's anything like the primary schools I know most parents will drive to school and then back home. In an ideal world schools with bad access or busy roads should run some sort of 'Park & walk' scheme on a bit of wasteland/car park close by, but this would take volunteers to run the 'walking buses' and when you throw in CRB checks, fluorescent jackets and other health and safety nonsense it just wouldn't be possible. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 6

9:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

The woman in the black dress looks like she's dressed up for a night on the town.
The woman in the black dress looks like she's dressed up for a night on the town. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 1

9:52pm Wed 16 Jul 14

TheCaveman says...

Good luck getting LCC to take responsibility for this situation - the development committee recently passed an application with the potential to DOUBLE the traffic wanting to get into the cul-de-sac at Rockwood Nursery where there are already traffic problems a-plenty. It is beyond stupid, but that's what you get with a council that is a self-serving jobs club paid for by the taxpayer. Here they can spend a fortune on a new playground and buildings but can't provide staff parking despite having the room. Any application by a private company would have been given short shrift and refused but LCC have given themselves permission !
Good luck getting LCC to take responsibility for this situation - the development committee recently passed an application with the potential to DOUBLE the traffic wanting to get into the cul-de-sac at Rockwood Nursery where there are already traffic problems a-plenty. It is beyond stupid, but that's what you get with a council that is a self-serving jobs club paid for by the taxpayer. Here they can spend a fortune on a new playground and buildings but can't provide staff parking despite having the room. Any application by a private company would have been given short shrift and refused but LCC have given themselves permission ! TheCaveman
  • Score: -3

9:46am Thu 17 Jul 14

robbierocks says...

As a resident of Wolfenden Green i am fed up to the back teeth with parents who use the road access and park with no consideration for those who live there. I work nights and when i come home in a morning its bedlam its worse when there's a black cloud in the sky . Children walking in the road cars everywhere a accident waiting to happen, are LCC waiting for an accident before they do anything, a death maybe . We all knew this would happen get plans through and screw everyone else .
Maybe whoever submitted the plans and passed this road as an access road should live in Wolfenden Green and see how bad the whole situation. This just doesn't happen in school hours when parents evening, performances at the school and after school activities . LCC get it sorted and read what you had put in the plans to stop this problem in the first place.
As a resident of Wolfenden Green i am fed up to the back teeth with parents who use the road access and park with no consideration for those who live there. I work nights and when i come home in a morning its bedlam its worse when there's a black cloud in the sky . Children walking in the road cars everywhere a accident waiting to happen, are LCC waiting for an accident before they do anything, a death maybe . We all knew this would happen get plans through and screw everyone else . Maybe whoever submitted the plans and passed this road as an access road should live in Wolfenden Green and see how bad the whole situation. This just doesn't happen in school hours when parents evening, performances at the school and after school activities . LCC get it sorted and read what you had put in the plans to stop this problem in the first place. robbierocks
  • Score: 3

6:02pm Thu 17 Jul 14

curious cat says...

Have every sympathy with your problem. At least you have the backing of your local MP and Councillor.

In Rishton, our advise from a local councillor was "don't buy a house near a school if you don't want parking problems. Still waiting for extra school parking spaces to relieve some of the problem. Jam tomorrow comes to mind.
Have every sympathy with your problem. At least you have the backing of your local MP and Councillor. In Rishton, our advise from a local councillor was "don't buy a house near a school if you don't want parking problems. Still waiting for extra school parking spaces to relieve some of the problem. Jam tomorrow comes to mind. curious cat
  • Score: 2

9:59am Fri 18 Jul 14

robbierocks says...

curious cat wrote:
Have every sympathy with your problem. At least you have the backing of your local MP and Councillor.

In Rishton, our advise from a local councillor was "don't buy a house near a school if you don't want parking problems. Still waiting for extra school parking spaces to relieve some of the problem. Jam tomorrow comes to mind.
In our case the residents here on Wolfenden Green were here long before the school being built , its the access road is far to narrow for the size of the school it should have been built off Bacup road but like anything the cheapest option was taken
[quote][p][bold]curious cat[/bold] wrote: Have every sympathy with your problem. At least you have the backing of your local MP and Councillor. In Rishton, our advise from a local councillor was "don't buy a house near a school if you don't want parking problems. Still waiting for extra school parking spaces to relieve some of the problem. Jam tomorrow comes to mind.[/p][/quote]In our case the residents here on Wolfenden Green were here long before the school being built , its the access road is far to narrow for the size of the school it should have been built off Bacup road but like anything the cheapest option was taken robbierocks
  • Score: 1

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