Safety fears over illegal parking outside school


Emily Davies

ILLEGAL parking and speeding near Chirk’s primary school could prove “disastrous”, one councillor has warned.
Councillor Brian Colley revealed his shock at the speed some motorists travel along Chapel Lane, despite the speed bumps, at last Wednesday’s town council meeting.
It came as the ongoing issue of illegal parking in the vicinity which is causing an added danger to schoolchildren and other pedestrians was brought to the attention of the local PCSOs.
Cllr Colley said: “On the occasions I have taken my granddaughter to school the speed that some parents reach, going between the speed bumps and taking on the speed bumps is unbelievable.
“If a child walked out there it would be a disaster. I think it is a hazard,” he added.
PCSO Dean Sawyer said he had been out in the town with the speed gun but concentrating on the main road
However, he added that he would look into the issue as well as pursuing a crackdown on illegal parking in the area, which also encompasses the town’s leisure centre.
He said: “I’ve given out six traffic notices already and spoken to motorists parking illegally.
“I have also passed it on to the parking enforcement officers,” he added.
He continued: “I have spoken to councillors and the headteacher to look at the car park by the leisure centre being used. That could hold up to 20 or 30 cars.
“I’m looking at utilising that car park when the area is at its busiest to alleviate the traffic situation,” he added.
Councillors agreed to make the area part of the police’s monthly focus, along with a crackdown on drinking alcohol in the Millennium Gardens after two instances when alcohol was confiscated.

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