Woman fears new school will bring traffic chaos to residential street

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A resident who lives next to the site of the proposed new primary school in Elsea Park says she fears there will be traffic chaos when it opens.

Lincolnshire County Council is going to encourage parents and children at the new school on the Elsea Park estate to walk and cycle.

However one resident, Audrey Steele, 50, who lives in Sandown Drive just a few yards from the proposed entrance to the school, says the high volume of traffic along the narrow road will cause problems.

The county council has submitted a planning application for the school with the proposed entrance in Sandown Drive for pedestrians and vehicles.

Miss Steele said: “Come rain, snow or blow they are not going to be walking to school, they will be driving.

“They are going to create chaos by sending all the cars along these narrow roads which people park on and create a bottle neck of traffic.

“How can the council squander this unique opportunity to get it right?

“How many councils would love to have a blank canvas to build a school like they have in Elsea Park?”

The school is due to open in September 2014 with a first form class of 30 starting, eventually providing school places for 210 pupils.

The council has created a draft travel plan, which will encourage the school to do all it can to reduce vehicle numbers.

The plan will promote pupils walking and cycling to school. The site would have bike racks for 24 bikes and pods for scooters.

There would be 18 spaces for staff members’ cars.

Parents will be sent maps of walking routes and cycle paths and will be asked to respect parking restrictions,

Other measures such as a walking bus and staggering the start and end times of school are also being considered.

Executive councillor for children’s services, Patricia Bradwell (Con) said the travel plan encourages walking and cycling rather than short car journeys, minimising congestion and traffic near the school.

She added: “We are looking forward to providing this purpose-built facility for local families and their children as we are aware that many of them in the local community want a local school.”