Safety fears spark calls for action on parking - The Worcester Observer

Safety fears spark calls for action on parking

Worcester Editorial 27th Jan, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

A DETERMINED Worcester councillor is bringing concerned campaigners together to tackle long-standing parking problems outside a Warndon school.

Coun Alan Amos has called a top-level meeting at Oasis Academy Warndon, formerly Warndon Primary School, tomorrow (Thursday) in a bid to tackle the issues faced by youngsters and parents on a daily basis.

A number of organisations will be in attendance including Oasis Academy Warndon headteacher Matt Meckin, Worcestershire County Council chief executive Clare Marchant and members of the Warndon Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Coun Amos told the Observer he hoped the meeting would see the school community come together to prevent accidents involving pupils at the Shap Drive school.

“A number of children have been hit by vehicles recently and I am concerned that one of them is going to be seriously injured if nothing is done about the parking problem outside the school,” he said.

“It’s something which has been going on for a long time and is only getting worse.”

The outspoken county councillor, who also represents the ward on Worcester City Council, said a number of options had already been examined since the issue was first raised.

The Observer reported in 2014 on calls from Coun Amos for a school crossing patrol in a bid to step up safety around the school for youngsters.

Back then, Coun Amos said the volume of traffic had been a long-standing problem for the school and local residents.

Despite having yellow lines along the narrow road cars still parked either side which created a real danger for pupils.

“We have looked at a number of options and I have offered to use part of my councillor allowance to pay for a solution,” the former Mayor of Worcester said.

“I think we are beyond the stage of more education, training, and advice.

“We need some physical solution either through traffic management, engineering, or by the presence of a lollipop person, mainly in the afternoons.

“I just cannot sit back and do nothing.

“The list of incidents that the headteacher has shown me gets longer every month and we must act to prevent a really serious accident occurring,” he added.

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