December 13 2013 Latest news:
By STEVE DOWNES
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Parents driving in a “ridiculous” manner have been slammed once more after councillors rejected a suggested solution to traffic danger outside a Sheringham school.
The town council said “thanks, but no thanks” to a Norfolk County Council idea to plant nine trees to stop impatient mums and dads driving along the pavement to make a quick getaway after collecting children from Sheringham Primary School.
The decision came after members heard they faced a bill of £585 plus VAT for each tree.
Sheringham Primary is the largest primary school in Norfolk, with more than 700 pupils, and there have long been concerns about danger to the youngsters at dropping off and picking up times.
Last year, some of the students lay in the road for photographs for a hard-hitting banner to urge parents to stop parking on the yellow zig-zag lines.
At a recent council meeting, town mayor Doug Smith told of another problem, saying: “Parents collecting children park on the wide grass verge which abuts Cooper Road. The police are happy with motorists doing this.
“But in the lines of cars building up, parents get boxed in because other parents are sometimes held up. To get out, they drive along the pavement, creating a very serious safety hazard.”
He added: “An idea has come about that planting nine trees would prevent this from happening. They would stop cars from travelling along the pavement.”
After hearing about the potential cost, and uncertainty about whether it would work, councillors voted to reject the offer.
Richard Hewitt said: “Most of it is slightly foolish driving. I’m not sure whether jamming the whole thing up even more is a solution.
“It’s a rush hour problem, so it should be dealt with by managing the rush hour, not by making it even more difficult.”
Peter Cox said: “It’s the ridiculous and silly driving by adults that needs to be addressed.”