Parking plea from Oakham residents over sale of The Parks school

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RESIDENTS of a busy road in Oakham are calling on the county council to put the sale of a special school on hold.

People living in Barleythorpe Road in Oakham will ask Rutland County Council at its meeting on Monday for a month to put together a report on how The Parks School land could be best used.

The council is jointly marketing land with a field next to it, which is owned by Tresham, but residents are concerned it could be sold for housing which will make parking problems in the area worse.

Residents have had a long-standing verbal agreement with Rutland County Council that they could park at The Parks School.

John Learoyd, 44, who lives in Barleythorpe Road, said: “I have lived here six years and there has always been this unwritten agreement that we could park at the school. There are about 30 residents that are worried that once the school closes, we will have to park on the road.

“This will only add to the traffic problems and several residents here have already had near misses. There could be a serious accident if it’s not resolved.”

Mr Learoyd said he hopes some of the land could be used for recreation and parking for the residents.

He added: “We are hoping the council will give us a month’s grace so we can put our ideas on paper.”

Mr Learoyd, who is attending Monday’s meeting with about 10 of his neighbours, met with ward councillors on Sunday to find a solution to the problem. As a result of this, coun Richard Gale (Ind) has also submitted a question to a council meeting on Monday, asking if the council is “making it a priority” to ease congestion in the area as part of the sale.

Mr Learoyd added: “It is disappointing that we haven’t been consulted before now. We can only hope that the councillors will take notice of our concerns.”

The Parks School and a day centre, on the same site, are due to close at the end of the term and relocate to the new Oakham CE Primary School site in Burley Road, Oakham.

A council spokesman said the site was up for sale.

He said: “The purchaser will be required as part of any development of the site to provide an access to the rear of most of the properties bordering the development site. This would allow for residents to gain vehicular access to their gardens but this will be subject to appropriate planning regulations and also to individual circumstances.”

The spokesman said if on-street parking had to be removed on Barleythorpe Road, the council would look at alternative parking.

Residents living in Stamford Road, Oakham, will also present a petition to the meeting on Monday on parking problems in that road. They say people parking along the road makes it dangerous.

The council had previously said the problems would be considered as part of a parking review. The council has now set up a working group to carry out the parking review with a target of bringing a report before the council in December.

The meeting on Monday starts at 7pm in the council offices in Catmose, Oakham.