Call for more provision as students allowed to keep parking outside school

PUBLISHED: 07:30 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 07:31 21 September 2018

Gordano School at Portishead.

Gordano School at Portishead.

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Students will continue to be able to leave their cars outside Gordano School despite its parking provision being described as ‘unbelievable’.

During term-time, Clevedon Road is often used for parking by sixth form students at the school, with vehicles stretching from the roundabout in Clapton Lane to the entrance to Portishead Cemetery.

Resident Mr Hazelton first wrote to Portishead Town Council about the issue in 2015, but now says the problem is even worse. He said: “There are even more cars there than before.

“Indeed they now stretch from the corner of Clapton Lane to the entrance to the church.

“It seems unbelievable that with all the land surrounding Gordano School it cannot provide adequate parking for its students.”

The matter has been discussed by the council’s planning and regulatory committee which says recent expansion work – including a project to create seven new classrooms, a dining hall and IT suite – means it is ‘not possible’ for everyone to park within the grounds.

Cllr Sue Mason said: “When my children were in the sixth form they borrowed my car to get down to school.

“I think at that stage there was the ability to park within the school grounds but I do not think many children at that stage came by car.

“I think a lot more people have access to a car and so there is no room within the school grounds because there has been a lot of building and rebuilding over the past few years which has taken away spare space.

“I do not think there is any possibility of children parking within the school grounds.

“As long as (the parking) is only on one side, therefore people can get past two ways, then I see no objection to that.

“The only time I think it could be difficult is if say there is a lorry trying to come through at the same time as a line of traffic coming the other way.”

Cllr Peter Burden added: “A lot of people want to drive faster through that area and they happen to think it is quite safe when it is slow, but if you restrict parking there the next place will be Maysfield Close and Wetlands Lane.

“It is a wide road. If they do cause an obstruction police can act.”

A spokesman for the school said: “Gordano School works proactively with local residents on the matter and we actively advise students to walk to school and to park legally.”

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