People living near Redwell School in Wellingborough will be putting out traffic cones on Wednesday, July 16, to end the inconsiderate parking that regularly blocks the streets.
Residents of Churchill Avenue and Blaydon Walk have been given two cones each to put out daily to protect access to and from their properties. The cones should also help the emergency services, and make the area safer for pedestrians.
Wellingborough Council worked with the police to find a solution after high levels of complaints were received about the parking problems near the school. Cllr Malcolm Waters, a borough councillor and county councillor, agreed to buy 70 traffic cones out of his county council empowerment fund and they have now been distributed to affected residents.
Cllr Waters said: “There have been so many problems caused by inconsiderate parking at school drop off and collection times. Parents block residents’ driveways, park on junctions, park on the pavements and cover dropped kerbs. It’s not only a huge problem for the people that live in these streets, but also for people walking with buggies or using mobility scooters, and there’s a real risk that emergency services would be hindered as well.
“The police have worked tirelessly to address this, by being present near the school and issuing fines and warnings, but once they move on the problem comes back.
“Residents have now been given the cones. It will only take them a minute every morning and afternoon to put them out, and it should make a real difference. The school is supportive and has sent a message to all its parents letting them know what we’re doing.”