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'New moves to resolve Carlton Colville Primary School traffic problems'

From the Lowestoft Journal:

Campaigners calling for action to resolve traffic problems outside Carlton Colville Primary School have welcomed a Suffolk County Council decision to fund congestion-easing measures.

During a meeting at the school, Graham Newman, the authority’s cabinet member for roads and transport, committed “exceptional case funding” for schemes to take cars off the road by encouraging more parents to walk their children to school.

County highways officials will now investigate the likely cost and feasibility of a number of options.

Proposals include improving footpaths so that families can feel safe walking to and from school, better road signs, creating a new pedestrian and cycle entrance to the school from Rushmere Road, a new crossing patrol at Secrets Corner and better policing of the parking restrictions that are already in place.

County councillor Sonia Barker, who represents the Pakefield ward, has been working with the school, parents and people living nearby to find a solution.

She described the funding commitment as a “breakthrough”.

She said:

“Mr Newman said he regarded it as an exceptional case and he was now waiting for costings and the feasibility study.

“Things have moved up a notch and we’re making progress.”

As previously reported, parents dropping off and picking up their children in their cars have caused gridlock in Gisleham Road and Rushmere Road – leaving people living nearby feeling trapped in their homes.

Campaigners say the problems became worse when the middle school, which previously occupied the site, was closed and reopened as a primary school under the county council’s school organisation review.

It increased in size and the fact it now has younger pupils means more are driven to school by parents.

Mr Newman said he cycled to the meeting at the school from Oulton Broad South Railway Station to see the problems for himself.

He agreed improvements were needed to encourage families to walk or cycle to school and said the council would help fund projects as long as Mrs Barker and Gisleham ward councillor Michael Ladd also committed money from their highways and locality budgets.

Mr Ladd said: “At least now we’re seeing an agreement that everyone wants to resolve the situation in the best way possible.”

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