Residents’ safety worries at school

Wyberton Low Road
Wyberton Low Road

CARS arriving outside a Boston school early parking across people’s drives, speeding down the road, forcing others onto the pavement and standing off against each other were some of the issues raised at a meeting last week.

Worried residents living near St Thomas’ CofE School, on Wyberton Low Road, and parents with children at the school attended the meeting to air concerns to Lincolnshire County Council highways head Steve Willis and area manager Andy Wharf and Pcso Neil Williams.

The residents brought along evidence of the problems which they had been experiencing for more than three years.

Wyberton ward parish councillor Alison Austin said: “We’ve got a combination of circumstances here, unfortunately, the school is built where the road narrows and where it bends.

“Once you pull out from where I live and around parked cars, you’re running the gauntlet.”

Issues also included cars wrongly parking inside the school’s safety zone, and school governor Ann Rudge said cars parked in the layby outside the school had meant buses could not drop children off or pick them up safely.

Those that had tried to address the issue had been subjected to abuse from the culprits.

Residents said greater enforcement and installation of yellow lines, along with ‘flashing signs’ during school hours are needed.

Pcso Williams said he would try to get increased patrols.

Mr Willis said LCC will not take on on-street parking enforcement from police until later in the year, and so could not legislate yellow lines for the road for another six months.

In the meantime, he said they would look to survey the traffic, extend the school safety zone and get the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership to look at school travel plans. Police will also be asked to provide portable flashing signs.