Resident campaigns for road safety near Tyntesfield School, in Sale

Messenger Newspapers: Alma Road resident Vera Marsh Alma Road resident Vera Marsh

A SALE resident has expressed concerns that traffic congestion outside a school near her home is ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

Vera Marsh has campaigned for the past 16 years for safer parking at pick up and drop off times near Tyntesfield Primary School, on Alma Road.

She got in touch with Messenger after reading a report two weeks ago of a toddler being injured in a car accident near St Hugh’s RC Primary School, in Timperley.

The 85-year-old complained that cars regularly double park on Alma Road, which is a cul-de-sac, block residents’ driveways and footpaths and stop on yellow lines.

Vera, who has lived on Alma Road for the past 18 years, said: “We are prisoners in our homes at pick up and drop off times.

“This is a sitting time bomb. There will be an accident one of these days and someone will get injured and emergency services would not be able to access the street.

“I gave up driving four months ago because of the problems and I used to love driving and did it for 60 years. Now I get buses and taxis when I need to go out. It has impacted on my independence.”

Residents held a meeting with the school last month to discuss the high volume of traffic.

Staff are working on various initiatives as a result, including a walking bus trial.

Trafford Council’s executive councillor Alan Mitchell said. “Our parking attendants carry out regular patrols around schools. As well as meeting our enforcement responsibilities, parking attendants will also, wherever possible, try to move on vehicles causing obstructions.

“Whenever we are made aware of specific issues around a school, we look to step up patrols and urge motorists to be considerate and park sensibly and create a safe environment for pupils, pedestrians and other road users.”

Headteacher Kylie Spark added: “At Tyntesfield we are working closely with our parents and the community looking into ways to reduce school traffic on Alma Road.

“We have been holding termly meetings at our school with residents, our councillor, PCSOs and traffic wardens to discuss and share ideas.

“We have also been working closely with Trafford’s travel co-ordinator and Sustrans to promote road safety amongst our children and parents alongside encouraging walking and cycling to school.

“As a school we are committed to reducing school traffic and promoting pupils walking to school. Our walking bus scheme is being launched next week and is being run by a group of committed and supportive parents and staff who are keen to promote children walking to school.

“Through regular newsletters to parents and through our work with the children in school, we continue to encourage our parents and pupils to walk to school, and indeed a significant number do walk every day.

“We also regularly remind parents about safe and considerate driving and senior staff are frequently a visible presence at the school gate and on Alma Road at the beginning and end of the school day.”

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7:04pm Thu 23 Feb 12

regerme.com says...

This post is to make readers aware of this free to use road safety scheme. The scheme is being promoted across the country with its 'school road safety' component being promoted in school newsletters with the intention of making the roads safer for our children.
Council austerity measures are looking to cut crossing patrols in some areas (at approx 6k per patrol) with many of these positions going at the end of March.
Councils have given assurances no patrols in areas of high risk will be sacrificed but regerme feel childrens safety is non negotiable.
As we are free to use for everybody I trust we will not be deemed to have broken your posting regulations

If you could tell a driver the consequence of their actions could prove catastrophic and as a result make our roads safer would you???
Regerme have provided a FREE to use platform to communicate through the medium of vehicle registration numbers by posting pictures and comments.
This innovative altruistic website has road safety for schools, how's my driving and road rage reporting components.
Launched last week and already supported by a number of MPs and approved by senior police officers around the country the scheme needs the public as well as media on board to gain further traction.
It's FREE, it works and could save lives. What other reason do you need?
If you drive the scheme is not something you can opt out of. Search regerme, log on and check your registration. You may have a comm
This post is to make readers aware of this free to use road safety scheme. The scheme is being promoted across the country with its 'school road safety' component being promoted in school newsletters with the intention of making the roads safer for our children. Council austerity measures are looking to cut crossing patrols in some areas (at approx 6k per patrol) with many of these positions going at the end of March. Councils have given assurances no patrols in areas of high risk will be sacrificed but regerme feel childrens safety is non negotiable. As we are free to use for everybody I trust we will not be deemed to have broken your posting regulations If you could tell a driver the consequence of their actions could prove catastrophic and as a result make our roads safer would you??? Regerme have provided a FREE to use platform to communicate through the medium of vehicle registration numbers by posting pictures and comments. This innovative altruistic website has road safety for schools, how's my driving and road rage reporting components. Launched last week and already supported by a number of MPs and approved by senior police officers around the country the scheme needs the public as well as media on board to gain further traction. It's FREE, it works and could save lives. What other reason do you need? If you drive the scheme is not something you can opt out of. Search regerme, log on and check your registration. You may have a comm regerme.com

10:28pm Thu 23 Feb 12

jk38 says...

The school traffic problems on Alma Road have been at dangerous levels for many years, yet the despite a large amount of Resident lead campaigning over the years, the problem continues. Residents have made many proposals to the Council, and have always been willing to work with them to help find a solution to the problem but invariably end up feeling ignored. Even a simple application for a yellow line extension at the 'bottle neck entrance' to the road is still stuck in the Council system after 18 months. The drains nearby on the A556 are permanently blocked causing a 'water splash' for those who do walk their children to school and are constantly being reported. The school has increased its intake year on year, yet no thought has ever been given to the over congestion on Alma Road suffered by its residents. The walking bus is only planned for the mornings, yet it is the evening that is the real problem. Waste ground on school grounds which could be used to increase staff carparking is earmarked to be made into an allotment. Selfish parking by lazy parents who seemingly have to park right outside the school gates, blocking the road to emergency vehicle access will eventually cause a loss of life. Considering the high number of elderly residents on Alma Road, the situation is an accident waiting to happen It is chaos every single evening, with cars abandoned everywhere, across driveways, on the zig-zags, blocking the pavement, anywhere a car will fit. All this is then followed by 20 minutes of queuing the 100 yards to exit the road as the 'keep clear' on the A556 is repeatedly ignored. Again, a request for a yellow hatching box to help will apparently need years of consideration.
The school traffic problems on Alma Road have been at dangerous levels for many years, yet the despite a large amount of Resident lead campaigning over the years, the problem continues. Residents have made many proposals to the Council, and have always been willing to work with them to help find a solution to the problem but invariably end up feeling ignored. Even a simple application for a yellow line extension at the 'bottle neck entrance' to the road is still stuck in the Council system after 18 months. The drains nearby on the A556 are permanently blocked causing a 'water splash' for those who do walk their children to school and are constantly being reported. The school has increased its intake year on year, yet no thought has ever been given to the over congestion on Alma Road suffered by its residents. The walking bus is only planned for the mornings, yet it is the evening that is the real problem. Waste ground on school grounds which could be used to increase staff carparking is earmarked to be made into an allotment. Selfish parking by lazy parents who seemingly have to park right outside the school gates, blocking the road to emergency vehicle access will eventually cause a loss of life. Considering the high number of elderly residents on Alma Road, the situation is an accident waiting to happen It is chaos every single evening, with cars abandoned everywhere, across driveways, on the zig-zags, blocking the pavement, anywhere a car will fit. All this is then followed by 20 minutes of queuing the 100 yards to exit the road as the 'keep clear' on the A556 is repeatedly ignored. Again, a request for a yellow hatching box to help will apparently need years of consideration. jk38

4:28pm Sat 25 Feb 12

farnie says...

The walking bus is a start. We are organising it for the mornings and letting it develop. It will progress to 5 mornings and evenings as the scheme becomes more popular. Resident only parking has been suggested, but it is the residents of Alma Rd who do not want this. It would be one simple solution. It would do away with the school traffic altogther! Why complain abt the problem, when there is an obvious solution. Or get involved with helping the walking bus! We cant carry on blaming parents. Gone are the days where everyone had a parent at home to do the school run. Most parents work these days, but I do concede, that there is a large amount of people who could very easily walk, but have got lazy and fallen into the habit of driving.

Lets get these kids out exercising and in the fresh air, for the benefit of everyone.
The walking bus is a start. We are organising it for the mornings and letting it develop. It will progress to 5 mornings and evenings as the scheme becomes more popular. Resident only parking has been suggested, but it is the residents of Alma Rd who do not want this. It would be one simple solution. It would do away with the school traffic altogther! Why complain abt the problem, when there is an obvious solution. Or get involved with helping the walking bus! We cant carry on blaming parents. Gone are the days where everyone had a parent at home to do the school run. Most parents work these days, but I do concede, that there is a large amount of people who could very easily walk, but have got lazy and fallen into the habit of driving. Lets get these kids out exercising and in the fresh air, for the benefit of everyone. farnie

1:04pm Wed 29 Feb 12

jk38 says...

The residents have been advised by the highways and the police that both yellow lines and 'resident only parking' will simply be ignored by parents who will sit in their cars waiting, knowing there is no one to police any parking restrictions. Residents on Alma Road have suffered this problem for years but despite this they are still actively involved with working with the school and the authorities to find a solution to lessen the problem. Only parents parking inconsiderately are being critisized - and quite right too ! Come any evening to see their antics - unbelievable - has to be seen to be believed
The residents have been advised by the highways and the police that both yellow lines and 'resident only parking' will simply be ignored by parents who will sit in their cars waiting, knowing there is no one to police any parking restrictions. Residents on Alma Road have suffered this problem for years but despite this they are still actively involved with working with the school and the authorities to find a solution to lessen the problem. Only parents parking inconsiderately are being critisized - and quite right too ! Come any evening to see their antics - unbelievable - has to be seen to be believed jk38

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