Parking scheme improves safety outside of South Tyneside school

Parent governor Ailsa Latimer and assistant headteacher Susan Beetlestone, with Coun Tracey Dixon as parents and children arrive at Whitburn Village Primary School.
Parent governor Ailsa Latimer and assistant headteacher Susan Beetlestone, with Coun Tracey Dixon as parents and children arrive at Whitburn Village Primary School.

A new parking area is helping to ease congestion and improve safety outside a South Tyneside school.

The pilot scheme has been introduced at Whitburn Village Primary School to tackle traffic problems caused by parents.

We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new arrangements.

Judith Merriman, headteacher at Whitburn Village Primary School

Parents approaching the Cleadon Lane school are now using a parking area at nearby playing fields to drop off and pick up their children.

In the past, they have parked in nearby streets and along Cleadon Lane, the main route between Cleadon and Harton.

However, the new arrangement, delivered by the school together with South Tyneside Council, has helped tackle some of the traffic problems previously experienced.

Congestion has been eased, and there is better traffic flow outside the school, helping to make the neighbourhood safer and providing clearer walking routes for children and parents on foot.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at the council, said: “Parking around schools is a real concern, particularly during the school run on mornings and at home time.

“Cleadon Lane is a very busy road.

“The parking situation was not only making things difficult for parents picking up and dropping off their children.

“It was also causing congestion for other road users, which led to concerns being raised about the safety of youngsters.

“We are committed to improving road safety around our schools and are delighted to have been able to provide some additional parking for parents off the main road in response to concerns raised by the school community.”

The creation of a designated parking area for them has been welcomed by parents, according to the school.

One mum, who asked not to be named, said: “I love it. I’ll use it every day.”

Judith Merriman, headteacher at Whitburn Village Primary, added: “We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new arrangements, and we feel our provision for safeguarding our children has increased.”