A proposed scheme to introduce a no parking scheme outside the front of Lionel Walden school in Doddington was given the green light in last Tuesday’s Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee meeting.
The proposal will see single yellow lines painted outside the school to help improve traffic safety on the High Street during peak school times, which often sees lines of cars on both sides of the road on the edge of two junctions during core pick up and drop off hours.
In response to the announcement, local councilor and Doddington resident David Connor contacted the Doings, saying: “I was on the committee that passed the yellow lines, and it was a unanimous decision. It took 2 years to get it passed.”
The public reaction from local villagers has been mixed, but the majority are in favour of the idea even if it means a change to their regular daily routine.
One resident, who lives near the school, described how some mornings she find parents of the school blocking her driveway, often for up to an hour at a time. Her reaction was positive: “This is a welcome addition to the High Street, even though it will cause some minor disruption for some residents who will no longer be able to park outside their homes at times, the positives outweigh the negatives.”
The reaction from the parents was quite the opposite, however, with concerns over where they will park in future when taking their children to school. They went on to explain how the nearby streets of Manor Close, Wood Street and nearby parts of Wimblington Road are already congested with parked traffic at school times and this is only going to make this situation worse.
There has been no announcement yet of when the yellow lines will be put in place, but we hope it will take place during the school summer break to coincide with the new school term.
We await the council’s announcement on this and will confirm in due course.