Grattons Drive will be 20 mph
3rd July 2013 – Crawley News
Report by Luke Warren
A NEW 20 mph zone is being introduced around a Pound Hill primary school after concerns were raised over the speed and amount of traffic outside the site.
Speed bumps and double yellow lines will also be brought in as the county council attempts to protect pupils and pedestrians outside Milton Mount Primary School.
Whenever children are dropped off or picked up, Grattons Drive becomes dangerously clogged up.
But, while they welcome the reduced speed limit, some parents are worried the yellow lines will leave even fewer places to park.
Kate Bagshaw. who lives in Ferndown, Pound Hill, and has two children at the school, said: “I have no choice but to drive, because I work. “The parking situation is unbelievable. People dump their cars on corners. They block in home owners. “The double yellow lines will make it even more of a joke. People are parking badly now. It will get 50 times worse.”
Double yellow lines are being painted on sections of Grattons Drive, Farmleigh Close, Home Close, Pembroke Road and- Peterhouse Parade, while a single yellow line will be painted on sections of Farmleigh Close.
With the school due to increase in size, Mrs Bagshaw cannot see an end to the parking problems and she also voiced concerns about delivery lorries performing three point turns having visited the shops on Peterhouse Parade.
She said: “There are definitely problems with lorries – I often see them in the morning.
“The drivers can’t.see everything (around them) and I’ve seen them mounting kerbs.”
Emma Drew would like to see a lollipop lady employed, as well as a 20mph speed limit.
She said: “Traffic is a big problem outside our school. Something definitely needs to be done about it.
“People park irresponsibly and dangerously and people drive far too fast along Grattons Drive.” The school has made efforts to encourage parents to cycle to school with their children.
Head teacher Anne Holmes said: “Our school and parents work closely together for the safety of all members of the local community “We welcome any measures that support the safety of our children on their way, to and from school.
“Our school travel plan encourages pupils and their parents to walk, scooter or bike to school to help alleviate the congestion that can occur around school entrances.”
The speed bumps will be in the shape of a road hump spanning the width of Grattons Drive and two speed cushions, which have gaps either side, near Peterhouse Parade.
A date has not yet been set for when the work will start, although it will be in this financial year.
TIGHT SQUEEZE: Traffic at school-run time on Monday afternoon outside Milton Mount Primary school