Double yellow lines given the green light

W04330H14-SeasideSchoolTraffic''Seaside school Parking Problem. Parents parked  cars  outside Seaside School in  Lancing, which are causing local residents a problem at picking up time. Freshbrook Road, Lancing. ENGSUS00120140128170134
W04330H14-SeasideSchoolTraffic''Seaside school Parking Problem. Parents parked cars outside Seaside School in Lancing, which are causing local residents a problem at picking up time. Freshbrook Road, Lancing. ENGSUS00120140128170134

A CONTROVERSIAL move to introduce double yellow lines to a network of roads surrounding a primary school was given the go- ahead at a council meeting last week.

Despite six letters of objection and only one letter in support, councillors at Adur County Local Committee approved the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to implement parking restrictions at Freshbrook Road in Lancing, which provides access to Seaside Primary School.

The TRO 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.

Residents living by the school had previously argued that the double yellow lines would prevent them from parking outside their own homes.

Assistant highways engineer Roger Harding said the objections had come from people living in Cowley Drive, Larkfield Close and Seaside Avenue.

“They are more concerned about where they’re going to be placed,” he said.

He continued to say that lines would only be implemented to sections of the designated roads and residents would still be able to park outside their houses.

However, Mr Harding said that one of the objectors, who lives on Cowley Drive, would be affected by the TRO, so restrictions would be relaxed at that location.

Committee member Lionel Parsons asked if parking could just be restricted to drop-off and pick-up times at the school, but Mr Harding said this was only introduced where there was a controlled parking zone.

Mr Parsons also raised concern that parents may not abide by the new restrictions and linger when chatting to other parents.

“Maybe we’re back to education to get the parents to stop doing that,” said Mr Parsons.

Committee member Keith Dollemore said where they planned to include zig zag road lines, restrictions could not be legally enforced.

Mr Harding said there would be a sign in place to say that it was mandatory to keep the road clear.

He added that Seaside Primary School had done a great job in encouraging parents to walk their children to school.