School run cars set to be BANNED from parking on numerous local roads to cut down chaos in part of Milton Keynes

Parking and waiting restrictions could be placed on a number of roads surrounding two popular schools.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 1:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 1:58 pm

MK Council plans to impose the bans on areas used by parents taking their children to Loughton Manor School and Loughton Primary School.

Officers are currently consulting on the proposals. But already some parents are angry because the notices warning of the consultation were put up during the schools' Easter holidays - and the period of them to respond will expired almost immediately after the pupils return.

The proposed traffic regulation orders affect roads in Giffard Park, Grange Farm, Loughton, Monkston Park and New Bradwell, Grange Farm and Loughton. And anyone breaking the rules would risk a parking ticket.

The proposals are designed to cut down school run chaos and rage

They will mean no waiting along parts of Ashpole Furlong, Bradwell Road, Gurney Close, Homeward Court, Linceslade, London Road, The Meadway, Paynes Drive, Shenley Road, Specklands and Tresham Court.

Along parts of Bradwell Road, Paynes Drive, and Tresham Court the order will only apply at peak school run times - between 8am and 9am and 3pm and 4pm.

There will be four hours limited waiting within the public car parks situated on the junction of Paynes Drive, Bradwell Road and Ashpole Furlong.

Outside the school gates on Paynes Drive, two disabled persons parking bays are proposed.

An MK Council spokesman said: "The proposed waiting restrictions come as a result of concerns about inconsiderate parking which is obstructing the flow of traffic and endangering highway users."

The purpose is to "to reduce inconsiderate parking and improve road safety", he said.

"As the highway authority, Milton Keynes Council is satisfied that the introduction of the above restrictions will help alleviate obstruction and encourage a safer environment for all highway users, including pedestrians and cyclists, and in particular children and the elderly," he added.

Any objections had to be made in writing and sent to the council’s Traffic Regulation Order Team. But, according to the notices placed around the area, the closing date for the consultation was April 13.

One resident, who lives in Ashpole Furlong, is concerned the proposals will have "far-reaching consequences" for the residents and users of the schools.

"I am very concerned about the consultation process," he said. "Notices have only been put during the school Easter holidays and the time for people to respond is only one day after the schools return. This means that parents who take and collect their children to either of the two schools will not see the notices until it is too late to reply and so will not have the opportunity to provide their views."

He added: "I am also asking if the schools, PTA, Parish Council and Loughton Residents Association have been consulted. This is totally undemocratic and could appear as a deliberate action to force these plans through without any real consultation... A longer consultation period must be agreed."

You can view the proposed traffic orders here .