Parking zone change at school after trial

Morpeth North councillor David Bawn, left, and Morpeth Stobhill member Ian Lindley outside Morpeth First School.
Morpeth North councillor David Bawn, left, and Morpeth Stobhill member Ian Lindley outside Morpeth First School.

Parking improvements close to a Morpeth school have been introduced with help from residents and funding made available from local county councillors Ian Lindley and David Bawn.

The new restrictions at Morpeth First School in Goosehill include a ‘keep clear’ zone, which will replace the existing double yellow lines on the north side of the premises.

The authority believes that this ‘no stopping’ measure will create a safer environment for pupils at pick-up and drop-off times and provide better visibility for both motorists and pedestrians.

This was part of a wider set of parking restrictions, which have been trialled since December 2015 and included the Middle Greens West area.

In April 2016, every household within the selected area was asked their views on the trial scheme that also featured a residents’ parking zone, which temporarily introduced a limited waiting time.

Coun Lindley said: “Although a minority of residents gave a positive response, we felt that there was not a sense of sufficient support for some of the new restrictions, particularly when an annual fee would have been payable by all thereafter.

“Therefore, after careful consideration it has been decided to bring the trial to an end and remove the residents permit part of the scheme.

“However, I am delighted that local schoolchildren will benefit with improved safety measures when they go to school from now on.”

Coun Bawn added: “It is pleasing for residents and councillors to witness changes that have been put in place as a result of this carefully planned project.

“By introducing temporary measures to gauge residents’ views on the parking plans, we were able to find out what worked and what didn’t, meaning that money was spent where it should be and with support from the public.”