School run problems

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PARKING problems at schools around Daventry will be investigated after a meeting.

Chris Long, who represents Daventry West at Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) met with Andre Gonzalez De Savage, the council’s highways cabinet member, on Monday.

Issues raised included the restricted access and limited parking at Ashby Fields, and safety problems near the Grange School.

Cllr Long said: “Both of these problems have been made greatly wrose by NCC’s decision not to build the Middlemore school. Little account seems to have been taken in respect of additional traffic difficulties.”

He also raised traffic problems outside St James School and Abbey Junior School in the town centre, and highlighted the impact on people living in the roads surrounding William Parker School and the two Falconers schools in Ashby Road.

Following the meeting Cllr Gonzalez De Savage said his team would investigate the issues raised and see if there was any way to solve them.

Solutions could include greater use of ‘School no parking’ zones, or yellow lines to stop parking to keep roads near schools clear, and other schemes to encourage children to walk or cycle to school.

However, with council budgets increasingly tight, any solution that costs a large amount is unlikely to be given the go-ahead.