Parents vow to ‘remain vigilant’ over recycling lorries driving past Backwell primary school during banned hours

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:02 05 July 2017

One of the lorries in Dark Lane, in Backwell.

One of the lorries in Dark Lane, in Backwell.

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Recycling lorries have been told to avoid a road near a North Somerset primary school during selected hours after parents raised concerns about their children’s safety.

The Backwell recycling centre is near the school.The Backwell recycling centre is near the school.

Parents have raised concerns about congestion in Dark Lane, by Backwell Junior School, for several years and were particularly worried about the recycling lorries travelling to and from the nearby tip.

Mum Lorraine Hopkinson said: “We sadly already know huge lorries and children don’t mix, particularly as Dark Lane is on a hill with one narrow pavement.

“Sometimes the children skip out onto the road because the pavement is so busy and congested and they can’t get past.

“Sometimes cars and lorries pull up on to the pavements because there is gridlock and no-one can get past.

“Sometimes drivers trying to get to the tip get angry and drive up on to the pavements, grass verge and other peoples’ driveways in an attempt to get past.

“And sometimes the children behave like children and don’t see the danger.”

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North Somerset Council started a new waste contract with Biffa in February, which said Biffa could not use Dark Lane during school opening and closing time.

Despite this, Mrs Hopkinson said Biffa lorries continued to use Dark Lane while parents were taking their children to school.

North Somerset has held meetings with Biffa to resolve the issue, although parents say they will ‘remain vigilant’.

A council spokesman said: “Biffa should not use Dark Lane between 8.30-9am and 3.30-4pm during school term-time.

“There have been a number of constructive meetings between the parish council, residents group, local councillor, the council and Biffa to resolve this issue.

“The previous waste contract did not have this restriction but we were aware of the concerns and wanted to accommodate this under the new arrangements.

“We think this issue is now resolved and are grateful for all the constructive discussions we have had with the residents group and parish council in resolving this.”

Mrs Hopkinson added: “I am feeling hopeful after my latest conversation with North Somerset but will certainly be remaining vigilant.”


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