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Crossing petition started for crowded Carlisle schools

Parents campaigning for an extension at two schools in north Carlisle are now calling for a new pedestrian crossing on Kingstown Road.

Anoushka Hope photo
Anoushka Hope

They want to ease congestion in and around Kingmoor Infant and Junior Schools so an extension can be built.

Plans to extend the two schools were ditched last month by county councillors.

If approved, the infant school in Lowry Hill would have seen two extra classrooms built plus internal changes to increase the number of pupils taught there from 180 to 225.

The junior school, meanwhile, would have also seen two extra classrooms built – increasing its capacity from 240 to 300 places.

The application also included amendments to extend playground areas, and the provision of an additional car parking area at the two schools.

Demand for school places in the area has been high since Belah School shut in 2008.

Parents are demanding to know how education chiefs are going to deal with a pupil places crisis in the north of the city.

Parent Anoushka Hope, of Wolsty Close, needs at least 50 signatures on a petition for a new crossing across Kingstown Road to be considered.

She said: “The whole thing is just silly. They needed 18 signatures to get the extension at Kingmoor stopped but we need 50 signatures for them to consider a new crossing just to get across the road.

“The traffic and parking issue was what got the expansion stopped in the first place so every signature helps.”

The proposed crossing would be near the Moorville Drive junction opposite Stanwix Cemetery.

Mrs Hope said: “Everyone I have spoken to is in support of a new crossing.

“The road is very dangerous and very stressful for parents trying to cross it.

“It’s very busy with traffic and has got worse since the bypass opened because the traffic travels faster. The drivers are less willing to stop now.

“The traffic is the whole sticking point and needs to be addressed.”

A meeting will be held in the school hall on Thursday night at 7pm for parents and residents.

Mrs Hope said: “There will be governors, teachers and hopefully our newly elected county councillors. A school traffic management specialist will also be attending to reveal plans to help alleviate some of the problems that are at the core of our planning rejection.

“We are not there to discuss the past, because that will not improve the future for our children. We are there to find a solution to get our school the facilities it deserves as soon as possible.”

Copies of the petition are available to sign in the infant school reception.

Have your say

I take it that the reason she's now decided that another crossing is required is because one of the many other crossings are not quite situated where they are needed, so how about removing the ones that aren't right and putting them where they are needed (if at all) and while they are at it remove the ridiculous speed bump on the entrance to the road at the gosling bridge.

Posted by Chris on 9 May 2013 at 23:28

I have to agree with the drivers as people are are saying. I am a mother of many and not a driver. There are various crossings on that stretch of road. We as parents choose to cross on that island when really we could take those extra steps to a safe crossing. It would be wasted money when really the the main problem is parking cogestion and the lack of space at the school.

Posted by Jo on 9 May 2013 at 16:10

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