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Councillor says plan for new parking restrictions outside Lichfield school are “a sledgehammer to crack a nut”

A councillor says planned restrictions on parking outside a Lichfield school are “like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut”.

Eastern Avenue outside the Friary School

Eastern Avenue outside the Friary School. Pic: Google Streetview

A consultation has ended over the proposals on Eastern Avenue near the Friary School.

The changes are being planned due to the introduction of the new police station nearby – a move the school has branded “dangerous”.

Paul Ray

Paul Ray

Cllr Paul Ray, Liberal Democrat representative for the Chadsmead ward, said: “I have been contacted by local residents about this and have spoken to Matt Allman, the Headteacher at the Friary School. I support their key concerns.

“The Friary is a 1,000 student school and these proposals seem to me to cause danger for the students at the start and end of the school day when students are arriving and leaving in very large numbers.

“Is it really necessary for these restrictions to apply so extensively? Why can’t they apply at all times but not during the start and end of the school day? The proposals seem to me a sledgehammer to crack a nut.”

Cllr Ray said the changes would only move the issue onto neighbouring roads.

“These restrictions will push the parking congestion further along Eastern Avenue to the Grange Lane junction,” he said. “It will also lead to increased parking congestion in other residential roads in this area including Keane Close.

“The Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane junction is already very dangerous. I am continuing to campaign for a long-term solution to make this junction safe and these proposals will add to the danger at that junction.

“I contacted Lichfield City Council last week about my concerns and that council will now be writing to Staffordshire County Council to express those concerns on behalf of local residents and the Friary School.

“I now hope that Staffordshire Highways will revise the plans to provide workable and safe arrangements.”

County Councillor Helen Fisher, Cabinet support member for highways and transport said: “We have consulted on a proposal for a traffic regulation order (TRO) in this area, as a result of planning permission being granted to Staffordshire Police for the building of new police facilities.

“The responses will be reviewed before a final decision is made on whether to implement the order under the usual TRO process.”

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