Parents fed up with gridlock outside Suffolk school

Clare Robson has organised a petition over the parking situation at Carlton Colville primary school.

Clare Robson has organised a petition over the parking situation at Carlton Colville primary school. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Campaigners calling for a solution to traffic problems outside Carlton Colville Primary School near Lowestoft have said they are frustrated by a lack of progress.

Suffolk County Council promised exceptional case funding to tackle congestion outside the school in Gisleham Road in January.

During a meeting at the school, Graham Newman, the authority's cabinet member for roads and transport, committed the funding for schemes to take cars off the road by encouraging more parents to walk their children to school.

A set of proposals was put forward during a meeting in April and further details on the plans, which have not been made public, were distributed to campaigners, including county councillor Sonia Barker and the school, in September.

However, Mrs Barker, who is also a governor at the primary school, said there was not enough information provided about the different options.

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She has called for a meeting with the council to further examine the proposals but said the county council has taken weeks to set a date.

She said: 'It is really not good enough. They are not communicating properly with us and they are not pushing this at all. By the time they put out contracts for the work it will be into next year.'

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Clare Robson, who has two children at the school and is also a Carlton Colville town councillor, has launched a petition calling for something to be done about the congestion, which has been signed by 2,757 people.

She said: 'There is a lot of frustration. For the people living near the school, the problem is literally on their doorsteps. Gisleham Road is gridlocked three times a day but no one is being told what is being done about it.'

Mrs Robson said children were also being put at risk by the traffic problems and added that it was frustrating that the county council would only consider options to encourage walking or cycling to school instead of creating parking spaces for parents or a new link road between Gisleham Road and Rushmere Road.

She said it was inevitable that more people would have to drive to the school when it was moved out of the centre of Carlton Colville to the former middle school site at the edge of the village.

She added that many parents now had to work and no longer had time to walk their children 20 minutes to school, and that the county council was burying its head in the sand by proposing a solution rooted in the 1950s for a 21st-century problem.

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