Offer of meeting over school parking issues

Friday, 5 January, 2018

An offer has been made for round the table talks in an effort to tackle parking issues outside a village primary school.

Kirby Residents’ Association claim that lazy parents are putting lives at risk outside Kirby Primary by their bad habits.

The main problem is that they try to park as close as possible to the site in Halstead Road during drop off and pick up runs.

Tendring District Council (TDC) parking enforcement officers working on behalf of the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) have carried out patrols on several occasions.

They have also put notices on cars and spoken to drivers in an effort to change bad habits which include parking on zig zag lines and across pavements and driveways..

Fred Nicholls, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Enforcement, said that there is no simple overnight solution.

“We have done what we can to address the difficulties experienced at this particular location and the school has definitely played its part,” he said.

“The police have been involved and I know there has already been an initial meeting last year.

“However, I am happy to set up a meeting with Kirby Residents’ Association Chairman Ray Enever, TDC officers and the school to see if we can together find a better way forward.

“Mr Enever has already discussed a number of ideas through the press and I think we need to talk those through and look at all the implications and likely success.”

Cllr Nicholls said that he will be asking officers at TDC to set up a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the situation.

TDC has been working with NEPP to monitor and tackle parking problems outside a number of schools in the Tendring District.

“I think we all accept the issues in Halstead Road are among the worst and we want to get on top of them if we can,” added Cllr Nicholls.

“It has not been for the want of trying and I look forward to having a positive discussion with Mr Enever.”

Last updated on: 05/01/2018 - 13:51