Petition launched to combat inconsiderate parking near a St Ives school

Bob Hare with his petition in Dryden Close. Bob Hare with his petition in Dryden Close.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
9:20 AM

Disgruntled residents have called inconsiderate parking near a St Ives school an “accident waiting to happen”.

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Bob Hare, of Dryden Close, is sending a petition to district councillors Ryan Fuller and Debbie Reynolds to get their support for a solution to stop drivers parking “dangerously” along his road and nearby streets, mainly by parents dropping their children off at Thorndown School.

The 70-year-old founder of the Chaucer Green Neighbourhood Watch said cars were parking next to dropped kerbs, on the junction with Shakespeare Road and blocking the road to lorries between 8.30am and 9.30am and again from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

“We have had 25 or 26 people in the road sign the petition calling for four solutions,” he told The Hunts Post. “One is to put double yellow lines along the road and dropped kerbs, but we have been quoted £170 for the work to be done and the area is not conducive of yellow lines as they would not be in character.

“Sgt Andrew Street has sent officers around and says that anyone who parks here illegally will be given a warning the first time around, then if they get caught again they will be fined.

“There is the suggestion that the school has a walking bus from the Outdoor Centre, which I have been told they will start doing.”

He added: “There are cars parked at the junction into Shakespeare Road which means people are coming out of Dryden Close blind. There is going to be an accident.

“It means that lorries can’t get down the road and now the dustbin lorry has to mount the kerb to get past. I’ve been blocked in my drive by one person, who rather apologetically said he was running late, but he was not too late to move forwards two yards.

“With Thorndown doubling in size, it’s only going to get worse so I thought we should try to nip it in the bud before the start of the next term in September.”

Vicci Godbold, headteacher at Thorndown, said: “We are very aware of our neighbours and we are doing everything in our power to help our parents park appropriately.

“The walking bus is very much on our hotlist of things to do, we just need volunteers to help run it.”

INFORMATION: If you would like to volunteer to run the walking bus, contact the school on 01480 375103.

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