Parents welcome parking scheme plan outside busy school

Parents have welcomed a new permit scheme planned outside a school where traffic is “absolute chaos”.

The new scheme is set to come into effect on Monday, April 19 in an attempt to prohibit parking for non-residents on Harrow Road and Arleston Drive.

This is because of an influx of parked cars and traffic near Fernwood Primary School.

Traffic wardens from Nottingham City Council have regularly visited the site on Arleston Drive as parents regularly park up on double yellow lines outside the gates.

The Regulation Enforcement and Compliance Team (REACT) from Nottingham City Council have warned drivers this is illegal and not safe.

Now, letters have been sent to residents living nearby ahead of the scheme beginning next month.

Daniel Cauldwell, who was dropping off his child at school, said: “The traffic is quite heavy most days.

“A lot of people park on the pavements and there are always a lot of children around. I don’t know much about the plans for a permit scheme, but it seems like it would encourage people to walk which is always good.

“It can be a nightmare here – with the shops over on the other side of the road as well. Obviously some people need to drive, though.”

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Another parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “There is a problem here – it’s always really busy.

“I’m more concerned about the children’s safety than parents being able to park their car.

“I think it is a great idea. I live close enough that I can walk, although some people aren’t so lucky, so there does need to be somewhere for people to park that’s a little safer than right outside the school gates.

“You used to be able to use the car park at the pub but you aren’t able to anymore.”

Charles Langtree, 50, told Nottinghamshire Live: “I don’t drive here because it’s always like this – absolute chaos.

“After the traffic enforcement officers have been, people usually behave themselves a bit more – instead of turning round in the middle of the road or parking up right by the school.

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“If people were more considerate in their driving, I don’t think we’d need a permit scheme.”

Meanwhile, Kim Holblack, 43, said: “It is very busy here, but then all schools are like this at the minute I feel.

“Not everyone can walk in. But, it is a nightmare around here and some of the driving isn’t very safe.”

A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council said:

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