Schools plead for downtown parking to be free for parents at 3 p.m.
Three schools have requested a review of parking fees in a city’s main parking lot so that parents can use it for free and avoid clogging nearby streets.
Cheadle Elementary School, St Giles Catholic Elementary School and Bishop Rawle CE Elementary School have all submitted letters to Cheadle City Council, requesting assistance in changing the current parking times at the parking lot at Cheadle. rue Tape between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
This would allow parents to use the parking lot as a drop-off and pick-up point. It would also mean that parents wouldn’t have to pay an hour of parking for just a few minutes.
Debbie Breeze, Principal of Cheadle Primary, said: “If it was possible to change the charging times slightly to accommodate families who desperately need to use the parking lot between 3pm and 3:30 pm, then we think we would be in. able to increase the safety of our children on the roads in and around the surrounding area and improve congestion problems during rush hours.
“Currently there is a 90p charge to park a vehicle between 3pm and 3:30 pm, which is costly for many parents and means families have to make an often dangerous choice.
“We are all extremely concerned about pollution and unnecessary traffic jams near schools and we are convinced that if this change could be considered, our community would be a safer place for everyone.
In another letter to councilors, St Giles Catholic Primary School business manager Katie Hughes said: “We had recurring issues with parents being forced to park in the double yellow parking lot at the end. of the road.
“I therefore ask that we consider reviewing the charging times in the main car park in Cheadle. Currently, charging times are 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. However, most parents are already gone by then.
“If charging times could be changed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., it would give parents time to park safely and walk the short distance to school, without having to pay repeated daily charges for deposit and collection.
“So that would reduce traffic on Charles Street, which would make it much safer for everyone in our local community. Many parents successfully use the parking lot for the morning drop-off. ”
Bishop Rawle’s school official, Averil Kirk, added: “Our parents and caregivers have already been able to park their vehicles in the parking lot of the adjacent hospital. But since the pandemic, this is no longer possible.
“This means we experience heavy traffic along the Royal Walk, close to our children and children from two nearby high schools.
“Even more alarming, we have already seen a child hit by a car. Fortunately, the child was not seriously injured.
“As a school, we have already implemented several safety measures, but we believe that these preventive measures do not necessarily provide a solution to the central problem – the lack of parking spaces near the school.
“Therefore, I am writing to ask if you are considering revising the charging times at the main parking lot in Cheadle.”
City councilors welcomed the suggestion.
Councilor Gary Bentley said: “If the main parking lot was used for drop-off and pick-up times from schools, it would reduce traffic on Charles Street which would reduce pollution.
“We should write to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council as the problem could be a trial run. The idea should also go to the Car Parking Strategy Committee.”
Councilor Philip Routledge added, “It would be very helpful for schools if the delays were half an hour. It would also help the high street.
Councilor Kate Martin said: “The schools in Leek and Biddulph have drop-off points, Cheadle doesn’t. It causes congestion. ”
The advisers agreed to write to relevant organizations to review the review of car parking times.
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