School Parking problem Meeting
As reported in an earlier edition of the Newsletter, Community Council representatives along with the head of Ysgol Derwen School, Flintshire highways engineers and a representative of the Police met to discuss the continuing problem of parking outside the school.
On the morning of the meeting, maybe because of the presence of the police and people in high visibility jackets, most people were parking responsibly – apart from one parent who thought it ok to stop on the pedestrian crossing to let her child out to cross the road into school! The meeting was notabout how to penalise parents but to raise awareness of the dangers to children and motorists by inappropriate, and in some cases, dangerous parking. The Head Teacher reported that in his time at the school there had been two minor incidents involving cars and children and everyone was keen to avoid further and potentially more serious incidents happening. The areas identified as needing action were (a) How to alleviate the bottleneck around the junction of Llys Derwen (b) How to stop vehicles parking on the footway and causing a potential hazard to children and passing motorists and (c) How to make the footpath wider for parents who park on The Royal Oak car park and walk up to school.
Highways engineers will look at the road markings opposite the junction with Llys Derwen to alleviate the bottleneck and stop it continuing to be a blind spot. It was also confirmed that the Scout Headquarters car park is not suitable for school parking due to safety issues within the site as well safety issues on entering and exiting the area through a single gateway. Community Council members also informed the meeting that due to restrictions within the Scouts lease, parking there could not be considered. The Community Council is investigating putting planters on the wide parts of the footpath close to school entrance to prevent vehicles parking on the path and blocking visibility of drivers passing the school. Over the years, the hedge leading from the Royal Oak has become wider and it was agreed to investigate if the hedge width could be reduced and make the footpath made wide enough for a parent and pram to walk safely. Traffic enforcement officers, as well as our PCSO, will continue to provide unannounced visits at school start and closing times. It is accepted however, that on occasions, a parent may quickly stop on the double yellow lines to let a child out into school and then leave. What isn’t acceptable is for children to be dropped off inside the zig zag markings, stopping for a prolonged period on double yellow lines, parking on the pavement or double parking within the layby. Parents and residents are asked therefore that if they witness any of this type of incident could they can take a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org can be found on the Higher Kinnerton website. The photos will be sent to our PCSO and if REGULAR, REPEAT offenders are identified they will be contacted and spoken to by the police. We are not encouraging a campaign to victimise busy parents or getting involved in a confrontation outside the school gate. We do want to help make the area outside our school a safer place. The Community Council is doing what it can but at the end of the day it is down to parents and guardians to act responsibly and decide if their action is acceptable outside a busy school. We are aware that not all parents live within the village and may not read this article or be aware of the concern the community shares on this subject, so we will publish the article in full on our Community Facebook page as well as on the Higher Kinnerton website. We would also appreciate parents sharing the article as widely as possible.