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Cautious welcome to new school parking regulations outside Bexton Primary
RESTRICTIONS on parking outside a Knutsford school have been met with mixed reactions, with some residents insisting pupils’ safety is still at risk.
Campaigns including a petition and a leaflet competition at Bexton Primary School have resulted in Cheshire East Council placing a Restriction of Waiting Order on the roads outside the school.
The order, which came into effect on Monday, prohibits vehicles waiting in the proximity of the school between 8am and 9.30am and 3pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Knutsford town councillor Mike Houghton, who is also a governor at Bexton Primary, said he was pleased to have resolved the issue before the start of the new school term.
“It is something we have been working on as part of the safer crossing initiative,” he said.
“It’s been a difficult issue, especially for the residents of Hollingford Place, but we are pleased to have it resolved before the start of the new school term.
“It had become dangerous with a lot of people parking right on the corner.
“We also hope it will relieve some of the noise.”
The order restricts parking on the east side of Blackhill Lane and on both sides of the road along Hollingford Place.
However, Hollingford Place resident Marco Dellapina believes the council also needs to introduce further speed restrictions, such as a 20mph limit seen outside various other schools.
“It’s been a problem for quite some time,” he said.
“But it’s not just the parking.
“It’s a rat-run along those roads and a lot of people use it to cut through to the other side of Knutsford.
“The parking restrictions are helpful because at least now we can see them coming. The downside is now they may be encouraged to go faster.”
Marco, who has three children at the school, has proposed the introduction of a chicane, an option he is confident would fall inside the council’s budget.
“What they have done is enhance visibility,” he added.
“But we need speed restrictions to accompany it.
“A chicane would cost £10,000 – this would be a cheaper option than speed humps or a lollipop lady.”
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