Bourne woman happy to work with others on school parking problems
The woman behind a petition to create a one-way system outside a Bourne school is happy to work with others to find alternative solutions.
Mum-of-two Jenny Pace decided something had to be done about traffic problems outside Bourne Westfield Primary Academy after a near miss in October when a car mounted the pavement where her sons were walking.
She came up with the idea of making Kingsley Avenue, part of Saxon Way and Leofric Avenue into a one-way system, and painting keep clear zig-zags from the corner of Godiva Crescent and past the school gate.
A petition calling for the new system so far has more than 215 signatures, and Jenny has presented it to Bourne Town Council. But a number of people living in the proposed one-way system have objected, saying it is unnecessary and would make their lives more difficult.
Jenny, who lives in Saxon Way, said the roads were not wide enough for a line of parked cars plus two cars driving in opposite directions.
“This leads to cars mounting the pavements frequently endangering children’s lives, and occurs not just at school run times but every time there is a parent’s evening, school disco, school fete etcetera.
“A one-way system would stop the need for cars and lorries to mount the pavements, would allow cars to drive in the direction they need and would mean that residents would be able to get in and out of their properties regardless of what events are happening at the school.
She added: “If there is another solution that I haven’t thought of then brilliant, but this is the only way I can see of making a permanent solution for everyone.”
But Laura Holmes, of Leofric Avenue, said a one-way system was the wrong option.
“I agree with Jenny that the school run is unacceptable in its current state,” she said. “However the residents of the area are not the culprits, yet through this campaign the punishment is also being placed upon us.”
Laura said existing traffic restrictions were ignored, and should be enforced better.
And Jeanette Cliffe, also of Leofric Avenue, said the petition was like “rewarding the naughty kids in school and ignoring the feelings of the good ones.”
She added: “There is nothing wrong with the layout of the roads and certainly not with Leofric Avenue which at all other times of day is quite and peaceful road.”
After Jenny presented her petition to Bourne Town Council, chairman of highways and planning David Mapp said: “A resolution of the residents’ concerns rests primarily with Lincolnshire County Council which controls highways.
“But as a council, we should consider carefully the views expressed by residents and, where possible, assist in garnering support from Lincolnshire County Council to alleviate those concerns. At our next meeting, we will be having a general discussion ascertaining the routes open to us.”