Peterlee school’s parking boost

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WORK is under way to help prevent accidents outside a newly-revamped school.

A 12-space parking lay-by is being constructed in Durham Way, Peterlee, after concerns about the number of cars pulling up on the street.

The site has been created so parents collecting children from The Academy at Shotton Hall, formerly known as Shotton Hall School and its neighbouring primary, can do so in safety.

The comprehensive has been rebuilt through the Building Schools for the Future scheme, since scrapped by the Coalition Government, with the other complex launched when Shotton Hall Infants and Juniors merged almost a year ago.

It is hoped the work on the new parking area will be complete for the start of the new academic year.

The project was set up after Durham County councillor Joan Maslin approached highways bosses with concerns about the number of cars parked up on the road at the start and end of the school day.

The vehicles caused Durham Way to become a one-way street for traffic and led to fears youngsters could be at risk when crossing the road.

Buses dropping off and picking up also added to the difficulties, with vehicles parked up on footpaths also causing an issue.

Coun Maslin’s efforts have been given the backing of East Durham Area Action Partnership, which represents the views of residents and community leaders from former District of Easington area.

The parking scheme has cost £35,000.

Coun Maslin said: “Since the academy opened there have been problems with parents parking up on Durham Way and there were concerns there would be a dreadful accident.

“I hope this will make it safer and deal with the parking problem.

“I really hope this will prevent a serious accident.

“I hope people in Oakerside will be happy with this work.”

Earlier this year a scheme to install 21 sets of speed cushions on the same street were binned after an outcry from residents who were against the design of the traffic calming measures.

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