Friday, November 01, 2013

Parking and pupil safety at the West End Nursery and Primaries Campus

West End Nursery & Primaries Campus entrance area
I have previously raised, at the City Council School Parking and Pupil Safety Working Group - and elsewhere - constituent concerns about road safety at the West End campus (St Joseph's PS; Victoria Park PS; Balgay Hill Nursery School).  

I recently asked the council's Head of Transportation for an update on proposed actions and he has advised:

"The main areas of concern were around the Glenagnes Road entrances (to the school and car park) with parents accessing and thus mixing with the pupils as they were leaving the school and using the staff car park.  

The options to be looked at included changes to the access to both the school service road and car park with the use of barriers (automatic and linked to school office), these are triggered by authorised fob holders or by pushing an intercom.  In addition it was agreed that the school keep clear markings may need to be revised as some parents / carers thought it was ok to stop in the gap in the markings at the service road entrance.

The items above will be looked at during this FY and we will then see if they can implemented this FY or early into FY14/15, budgets dependant.

In general we observed the majority of pupils walking and those collecting by car using the park and stride facilities away from the school.  However there were a small proportion undertaking inappropriate driving behaviour."