Yellow lines could stop rogue parkers

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DOUBLE yellow lines are needed to stop traffic chaos in Oakham, residents say.

People in Woodland View say parents dropping their children off at Oakham School, Oakham CE Primary School and English Martyrs Primary School are parking in the road and making nearby Burley Road the most dangerous road in the town.

Residents say construction traffic at the new Oakham CE Primary School and Parks School site in Burley Road is adding to the problem. They say cars are obstructing the junction at the end of the road and are forcing traffic to drive in single file or mount the grass verges to let buses go past.

Ron Miller, 72, who lives near the Woodland View and Burley Road junction, said: “I have lived here for 40 years but these last three to four weeks there has been so much muck on the road from people driving on the verges.

“I’ve seen cars crashed into and damaged because there’s no room. People have even started parking on our driveways.”

The main problems occur at school dropping off and collection times.

Mr Miller said: “The only thing they could do to stop people parking there is put down yellow lines and tarmac over the grass verges. It would be the cheapest option too. They did something like that in Vicarage Road.

“People aren’t supposed to park on junctions in the first place.”

Concerned residents have contacted Rutland County Councillor ward member for Oakham South East Coun Gene Plews (Con). He said: “I have been actively working with residents and officers to try to resolve this matter for the last 12 months.

“I have requested that highways at the council do a full risk assessment of the area.”

A county council spokesman said: “It’s always a difficult balance around schools taking into account the needs of parents and the impact on local neighbourhoods.

“Safety is always a primary concern though and the council will examine this more closely with local residents in the hope of reaching a solution.”