Proposed school road closure in Thorpe St Andrew postponed

Thorpe Town Council are looking to close off Vane Close, outside Dussindale Primary School, for a we

Thorpe Town Council are looking to close off Vane Close, outside Dussindale Primary School, for a week, to make parents think twice about parking.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Plans for a week-long road closure to stop parents from parking irresponsibly outside a busy primary school have been postponed.

Thorpe St Andrew Town Council had hoped to close off Vane Close to drivers next Monday following numerous complaints from people living on the cul-de-sac.

It was hoped that by temporarily stopping parents from parking directly outside Dussindale Primary School they would find more suitable locations to park.

But it has now had to hold off its plans following a review of the closure by Norfolk County Council's highways department.

Ian Mackie, town mayor, said: 'The town council has helped move this issue forward significantly with the prospect of a road closure.

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'However, in consultation with the highways department, we are now prepared to postpone that until we see the new initiatives put forward by them.'

Two highways officers are expected to attend next Monday's town council meeting to outline their own ideas.

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The proposed closure would have seen parents travelling by car asked to park in the nearby Sainsbury's store on Pound Lane.

People living in the cul-de-sac would still have had access their property.

Councillor Sue Lawn, who lives on Vane Close, said: 'If they can't come up with something suitable, I will be asking them to justify why we can't go ahead with the closure.'

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