Planned parking restrictions near schools are welcomed by resident

January 07 2020
Planned parking restrictions near schools are welcomed by resident

The prospect of traffic restrictions being imposed in Battenhall’s Timberdine Avenue has been welcomed by a resident who has been calling for action there.

Helen Wicks had previously raised her concerns during Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings, having been plagued, like her neighbours, by parents dropping off or picking up schoolchildren blocking or parking on her drive.

Conservative Worcestershire county councillor Steve Mackay, who represents Battenhall on the authority, said the measures proposed could be introduced within six months.

Proposals being considered include introduction of double yellow lines at either end of Timberdine Avenue, upgrading of “School Keep Clear” markings, waiting prohibitions and upgrading of “flag-only” bus stops to formal Bus Stop Clearways.

Mrs Wicks said she was “really pleased” by the proposals.

“It seems to be moving quicker than we had originally been told and obviously the bus stop marking is brilliant. Apart from the fact it will restrict people from using it as a parking space we may get more people in the road using the buses.”

The introduction of yellow lines has to happen” she added, saying: “It’s mad that it’s not in place.”

Mrs Wicks summed up the current problems by saying: “When it’s school kicking out time and in the morning it becomes so heavily congested.”

She explained that those problems escalated when the nearby Blessed Oldcorne Catholic College and Cherry Orchard Primary School sent pupils home early when Worcester was hit by flooding.

“You have maybe a 20-minute piece of chaos every day – it extended it to two-hour chaos, with parents having to pick up their children at different times,” said Mrs Wicks.

“People who don’t normally come to pick up their children came to pick up their children.”

Cllr Mackay said: “Residents in Timberdine Avenue have attended PACT meetings and described how difficult it has proved of late to negotiate the junction at Battenhall Road due to parking on both sides so close to the junction.

“I listened to what they said and, as a result, asked the Highways Department to carry out a review of all the issues in Timberdine Avenue.

“Having done so, it was realised that in addition to that particular problem both the restrictions to parking outside Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College and at the bus stops needed improving to allow the free flow of traffic and so the ability to enforce restrictions there may, in turn, go some way to preventing poor parking.

“They also recognised that parking in and close to Timberdine Close was causing issues, with drivers manoeuvring and endangering people walking children to Cherry Orchard Primary School or to local shops.

“I’m hoping that these measures will make Timberdine Avenue a safer area for all and decrease the likelihood of accidents.”

He added that the proposals were out for public consultation.

Timberdine Avenue resident Helen Wicks