Talks on Moreton Hall school’s parking problem

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Ideas for solutions to ‘dire’ parking problems near a busy Bury St Edmunds school have been discussed at a public meeting.

On Tuesday, residents, councillors, pupils’ parents, police and road safety teams were among those who met to address ways of tackling inconsiderate parking on roads around Sebert Wood Community Primary School, on the Moreton Hall Estate.

Resident Sue Smith, 46, said ‘dire’ parking at the start and end of the school day had put children’s safety at risk.

Positive about being invited to the meeting, she said she would like to see parking restrictions introduced and more pupils encouraged to walk to school.

“Children go to that school because they’re in the catchment area and, if you’re in the catchment area, you’re within walking distance,” she said.

Graham Balaam, chair of the school’s governors, said: ““We were encouraged to see so many local residents turn up and be prepared to work with us to find a solution. We share our neighbours frustrations at the volume of cars and are keen to work together with all concerned to try and address the issue as the school faces a possible expansion.

“We were encouraged to hear that St Edmundsbury Borough Council have plans underway to tackle the overcrowding problems at the community carpark and we will be implementing various initiatives in the short and medium term to encourage more pupils to walk and cycle to school, which has always been our aim as a ‘healthy School’.”

Headteacher Peter Dewhurst added: “The key thing from the school’s perspective is to ensure pupil safety and wellbeing, and encouraging parents to leave their cars at home is a key part of that.”