Traffic fears persist over new proposals for Carlisle schools
Last updated at 15:33, Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Updated plans for much-needed extensions to overcrowded schools have been tabled – but concerns persist about traffic congestion.
A new blueprint for the changes at Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School and the neighbouring junior school in Lowry Hill, Carlisle, have been submitted by Cumbria County Council.
The extensions are needed to cater for soaring numbers of pupils already attending the schools, and the increased intakes coming in future years.
Two new classrooms are being proposed for the infant school, on Hether Drive, while a further two classrooms, a learning resource centre, five other rooms and stores are on the cards for the juniors.
The proposals also ask for planning consent to increase the number of parking spaces from 39 to 58. Playgrounds are also going to be extended and new covered cycle and scooter bays installed.
New measures were introduced in June to try to tackle residents’ and planners’ concerns about traffic congestion, inappropriate parking and fears about access for emergency vehicles. They led to original plans being scrapped earlier this year.
Attempts to get more children and their parents walking or cycling to school include two new Walking Buses and park and stride schemes.
A new road crossing is also on the cards.
Governors, headteachers and council travel officers have joined forces to encourage more sustainable ways to schools and are reporting a level of success.
The plans reveal that there have been decreases in the number of car journeys and increases in cycling.
More of the younger children, who go to the infant school, now walk to school, although the proportion of junior school walkers remains unchanged.
The travel plan states: “Taking both schools together, about 52 per cent of the pupils sur veyed use sustainable means of travel in 2012. By 2013 that figure had risen to about 62 per cent. Infant’s sustainable travel rose by about 15 per cent and juniors by five per cent.”
The Walking Bus from the Gosling Bridge works well, with 10-17 youngsters using it and demand increasing. Six parents operate it with minimal support from the county council.
Meanwhile there is concern about the Walking Bus at Briar Bank, where interest from parents seems to be dwindling.
Traffic wardens from Carlisle City Council have also visited the schools and will issue fines if the parking situation around them does not improve.
Alan Toole is the county councillor for Belah, the ward covering the area.
He said: “People have been calling me to say that the measures are not working and that it is the same plan that has been tabled.
“I can’t comment on the plans myself as I’m on the planning committee of the council that will deal with the application but people have been calling to raise their concerns.
The planning application was submitted by the council on Thursday.
The second of two meetings to inform parents and the public about the proposals is scheduled to take place later this week.
First published at 15:24, Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Just to clarify Lowry Hill people are not NIMBYS they are self important NiIMBYS
Kids need education, education needs schools, kids need to get to school, schools = traffic! Walk where possible! Bet the people who are complaning don't have kids and don't want to be woken up early in the morning. It would be wrong to obstruct access for emergency services especially ambulance services for the 'Coffin dodgers' who are probaly the ones complaining about the traffic in the first place!
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