Lives still at risk on nightmare Lowestoft school run despite three-year campaign

Traffic chaos outside Carlton Colville Primary School.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Traffic chaos outside Carlton Colville Primary School.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Lives are still being put at risk outside a busy primary school – more than three years after a campaign was launched to tackle traffic problems there.

Concerns were first raised over heavy traffic at the start and end of the day at Carlton Colville Primary School in Lowestoft during a heated public meeting held in March 2013.

Suffolk County Council committed £150,000 of exceptional case funding to the problem in January 2014 and has been working with the school, Carlton Colville Town Council and Gisleham Parish Council to find a solution.

But after building a new footpath and spending more than £20,000 on a feasibility study for a pedestrian crossing, there is just £17,000 left in the pot – and campaigners say the problem remains.

Frustrated by the failure to find a solution, Carlton Colville Town Council is now writing a letter to government ministers appealing for their help to resolve the potentially dangerous situation by allowing a car park to be built for parents.

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However, a Suffolk County Council spokesman said there was no easy answer to the problem and building a car park went against both national and county policy of encouraging pupils to walk or cycle to school.

A town council spokesman said: 'The council is extremely frustrated that although there have been some changes these do not go far enough – especially as lives are at risk.'

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Parent and campaigner Clare Robson added: 'The biggest frustration is that we were promised so much and they have delivered so little.'

However, a Suffolk County Council spokesman said various schemes had been considered but they had been rejected due to cost and some options were against school policy. She added that the council would continue to work with interested parties to address their concerns.

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