Permit system to be introduced to ease school parking problems

Harborough council to introduce permit system to ease school parking problems
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A permit system is being introduced to ease parking problems at a Leicestershire school. Harborough District Council said it was introducing the measure in response to difficulties experienced by parents and carers of children at Market Harborough Church of England Primary School.

The new system will operate in the council-owned Doddridge Road car park, near the school, for 30 minutes at the beginning and the end of the school day, enabling parents to park there instead of on the street. A spokeswoman for the council said the scheme would be launched in time for the new school year, at the end of August 2024.

The new arrangements follow the introduction of a similar parking scheme earlier in the year by the council at St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in the town. Elaine Bird, head of regulatory services at the council, said: “We have been discussing options with Market Harborough Church of England Primary School to see if we can find a practical solution to the parking issues that some parents and carers are experiencing. We understand the difficulties that parents and carers can encounter when dropping off and picking up their children. The council will continue to work with schools in the Harborough district where possible to ease issues with on-street parking at peak times of the school day.”

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Neil O'Brien, Conservative Candidate for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston in the forthcoming General Election, welcomed the changes, but said in a statement on social media that parents at the school had said they would prefer to be able to drop off their children using the Angel St. Car Park rather than having to cross main roads to get from the Doddridge Road car park to the school.

Prior to the permit announcement, he said: "I'm renewing my call to Harborough District Council to let parents use the Angel Street car park when it's not busy in order to let them drop off their kids, because they've very kindly already allowed to let parents at St Joseph's down the road to do a similar thing to stop them parking on the busy Coventry Road and I think that's what we need here as well because otherwise we'll just shove the problem around."

Following the council announcing the use of Doddridge Road car park, he said: "Parents at Market Harborough C of E say they would prefer to be able to drop off their kids using Angel St. Car Park, rather than Doddridge Road car park on the other side of town. I am calling on the council to rethink this decision to make life a bit simpler for parents and avoid parking on nearby roads."