School road to have double yellow lines

School travel
School travel

A RESIDENT said the implementation of double yellow lines on a busy school road will make ‘life very difficult’ for people who live in the area.

Freshbrook Road in Lancing, which provides access to Seaside Primary School, is subject to a Traffic Order Regulation (TOR) following complaints of obstruction during school drop-off and pick-up times.

The TOR will extend to parts of Freshbrook Road and its junctions with Seaside Road, Cowley Drive, Larkfield Close and Old Salts Farm Road, that have been heavily affected by parents driving their children to school.

Mike Le Seelleur lives at Seaside Avenue, just off Seaside Road, and has experienced obstructions by parents during drop-off and pick-up times, but he believes double yellow lines will not rectify the problem, but in turn create more difficulties for residents living in the affected roads.

“It’s going to make life very difficult. People who live there will be very affected. Those living on Seaside Avenue will have difficulty putting all their cars in their driveways,” said the 70-year-old.

“Unless it is policed daily, it won’t make a blind bit of difference.”

Headteacher of Seaside Primary School, Lee Murley, said the double yellow lines would, if anything, make life easier for residents.

“This is a good thing. It will keep our entrance safe, children safe and make it easier for our residents,” he said.

“Neighbours have been fully involved with the consultation. The double yellow lines will mainly concentrate around peak areas. Most residents will be quite pleased,” he added.

The TOR is currently under consultation by West Sussex County Council.

In its report, the council states: “Concerns have been raised that during school pick-up and drop-off times, vehicles are frequently parked in such a way that visibility at junctions is restricted and the passage of traffic obstructed.

“This creates hazardous conditions for pedestrians and other traffic using the road. The restrictions have been designed to prevent parking at potentially hazardous locations to improve road safety in the area of the Seaside Primary School.”

The consultation period will run from October 16 to November 6.