Weston Coyney residents' school run could end with parking ticket
PARENTS could be given parking tickets for dropping their children off outside a school while roadworks take place.
Severn Trent Water is spending £300,000 on a new sewer system to prevent flooding in the Weston Coyney area.
While the work is carried out, buses are being diverted along Carberry Way, which runs past Park Hall Primary School.
Residents who have previously raised concerns about parking outside the school are worried that the addition of buses will pose an extra safety risk.
The school has advised parents not to drop their children off on the road while the work is carried out, and Stoke-on-Trent City Council says it is ready to send out parking wardens if necessary.
Jean Kirkham, who lives in Carberry Way, said the problems had been going on for several years.
The 82-year-old said: "Parents park wherever they want on the road when they come to pick their children up. They double-park, block driveways and I've even seen them wait in the middle of the road if there are no spaces.
"I've lived here for three years and I've spoken to the school, parents and the council about the problems with parking, but nothing gets done about it.
"It's hell at the minute, and that's before the buses start coming down here.
"I don't think it's a good idea to send them down this road while the roadworks are done, because there won't be any room for them to get down at certain times.
"I don't drive a car but it worries me what would happen if an emergency vehicle needed to get to me."
Malcolm Oliver, aged 41, who also lives in Carberry Way, said: "I can see there being problems with the increased traffic if the cars continue to park outside the school.
"It's dangerous as it is with all the cars parking on the road."
The works started yesterday and involve installing a new sewer through the junction of Caverswall Road, Weston Road and Park Hall Road.
There are a series of road closures and temporary traffic light systems at the junction of Caverswall Road, Weston Road and Park Hall Road.
Caverswall Road will be closed all week at its junction with Weston Road.
Park Hall Road, meanwhile, will be closed at its junction with Weston Road between November 3 and 5.
While Park Hall Road is closed, the buses will be using Carberry Way as a diversion and will pass in front of Park Hall Primary School.
A spokesman for Severn Trent said: "The work started on Monday and should be finished at the latest by November 16.
"The work will prevent flooding in the area."