With School Over Traffic and Parking Impact on EMV

A productive meeting with the school head teacher, chair of governors, council officers for road safety and travel and the chair and secretary of EMVRA.
We had the opportunity to explain the reasons for the problems within the village – lack of parking on the estate and “home zone” design.  Really there should be no school through traffic or parking within the village because of these planning constraints.  Safety on the unmarked pedestrian crossing on Prendwick Avenue was highlighted.
It was agreed to push forward, before September, on encouraging parents to use the Park and Ride, which is not as far a initial plans showed, and walking distance could be further reduced by having a pedestrian gate in the SE corner of the car park.  Council to ask consortium to do the work, which has ring fenced funding.  It was felt it would be actually quicker for parents to use the Park and Ride than get caught up in traffic hold ups on EMV.  Agreed to all think of a snappy name for the scheme. For various reasons, financial and practical (pupil adult ratios) walking bus/trains are not feasible. Nothing to stop parents doing informal arrangements.
EMVRA to provide an explanatory paragraph for the school newsletter so parents understand better the problems they can cause.
Full notes will be posted when available.

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