New location to park near school

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A recently completed project is set to improve parking issues and alleviate traffic congestion at peak times near Shanklea Primary School.

Parking spaces and a drop-off area have been established at the Masonic Hall near Cramlington Village, at Middle Farm Court.

The school will be advising parents about the new arrangements, which will mean that they will be able to drop off and collect their children from this location at the start and end of each school day.

The scheme has been supported by local county councillors Christine Dunbar and Barry Flux – who have both allocated funding for the work through their members local improvement schemes budgets.

Coun Dunbar said: “I am delighted that a solution has been implemented that not only provides a safe dropping off point for pupils, but also alleviates traffic problems in nearby Parkside Glade for residents.”

A formal letting arrangement has been established with the Masonic Lodge to make a parking area available from Monday to Friday each week during term time for use as a drop off area for students, and also for some staff parking.

Coun Flux said: “I am delighted to work in tandem with Coun Dunbar to bring some new possible solutions to these issues, which I have worked on with residents in Parkside Chase and Parkside Dale for a number of years.”

The parking facility is around 250 metres from the school and can be accessed via a network of footways and cycle paths.

Helen Brown, Shanklea Primary School headteacher, said: “In partnership with the community, voluntary and other groups, everyone has gone the extra mile to promote sustainable transport for the journey to school.

“This scheme should help our pupils and parents make positive behaviour changes around travel and alleviate problems surrounding the school run.”

The project follows other work to improve car parking facilities at the school, such as new surfacing and marked bays.