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Road outside primary school a hazard, warns councillor




The chairman of a parish council has spoken out and warned that the road outside a village primary school is not safe.

Cllr Peter Royce, chairman of Great Whelnetham Parish Council, wants the speed limits approaching the village’s primary school, in Stanningfield Road, changed because, he said, they were not being upheld.

He added that parking at peak school pick-up times had become a real hazard due to parents and carers parking on a 60mph stretch.

Stanningfield Road where Great Whelnetham Primary School is situated and where problems of speeding and parking have occurred. Picture by Mark Westley.
Stanningfield Road where Great Whelnetham Primary School is situated and where problems of speeding and parking have occurred. Picture by Mark Westley.

“We believe Great Whelnetham Primary School is one of the very few, if not only, or only a handful of schools where it’s a 30mph limit and before that a 60mph limit,” he said.

The parish council had been campaigning for a change in speed limits, to introduce a buffer from 60mph to 40mph, then down to 30mph, directly outside of the school.

Cllr Royce is also calling for better parking facilities around the school because drivers often parked on the 60mph stretch.

“Drivers [park] facing vehicles, with the passenger door out in the road on the outside. It has been noted sometimes that doors will open on to oncoming traffic,” he said. “It is a hazardous situation.”

He said the parish council had approached Suffolk County Council several times and the village currently had flashing speeding signs up, but it was apparent they had not been working.

Cllr Royce said an accident had occurred a a number years ago involving a cyclist and a pupil from the school but luckily no-one was hurt.

“It always comes down to there being no money,” said Cllr Royce. “Where do people go to get to a point of safety?

“Some children who are six, seven or eight-years-old are trying to use their bikes, there’s also people on horses on that road.

“What does an ambulance do in an emergency?”

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said: “We have implemented several road safety solutions around Great Whelnetham Primary School and worked with the school to promote road safety.

“We would be willing to consider any suggestions to deal with safety concerns that the parents, residents or parish council may have.”



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