Parking restrictions could be introduced near Kettering school

Bishop Stopford School, Kettering
Bishop Stopford School, Kettering

Parking restrictions could be introduced at a Kettering school after concerns were raised about children crossing the road.

Residents and parents of children at Bishop Stopford School are worried about the visibility on sections of Thurston Drive in Kettering by the pedestrian footbridge.

A school newsletter has asked parents to consider parking at Kettering Leisure Centre instead.

The newsletter says: “Helpfully, the authorities have suggested that car drivers bringing students to school can take advantage of the free parking at Kettering Leisure Centre – only a 10 to 15-minute walk away from school.

“This would alleviate the congestion.

“As parents are very much part of our community, we would ask you to help us in our desire to be good citizens.

“We know we can contribute to greater safety and social harmony by reducing the amount of vehicles in a busy built-up area.”

If the restrictions are introduced, parking will be prohibited on parts of Thurston Drive during school drop-off and collection times.

Cllr Mick Scrimshaw (Lab, William Knibb) said: “The suggestion is these will operate between the hours of 8am and 9am and 3pm to 4pm [from] Monday to Friday.

“This will allow parking in the area by residents in the evenings and at weekends but will keep the area clear for children crossing at other times and also for emergency access at school times, should this ever be required.”

A county council spokesman said: “We have received a request for the introduction of parking restrictions in Thurston Drive.

“This request will be considered in the next funding round for such schemes to take place in spring 2017.

“If the proposals are taken forward there would be a full public consultation on the matter.

“In the meantime we would of course echo any calls for people to park responsibly and always keep in mind the safety of pedestrians and other road users.”