Free parking for parents on the agenda
FREE parking could be offered in some parts of Lydney to improve safety around schools.
A motion has been submitted to be discussed at tomorrow’s Forest of Dean District Council meeting to allow parents to park for free near to Lydney Primary School in Bream Road.
If approved, the scheme could be rolled out across other potential flashpoints in the district.
District councillor Bill Osborne (L, Lydney East) has called for more discussion on free school parking tomorrow.
He is calling for parents to qualify for free parking in the area at peak drop off and collection times.
If approved, it is hoped parents could be offered a free parking permit for the hours of 8.30am to 9.15 am and then between 2.30pm and 3.15pm.
Mr Osborne said: “At the moment, parents are forced to double park in the road, or risk dangerous parking manoeuvres as they collect their children from school.
“It is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident, maybe even a fatality.
“I spent the best part of 12 years campaigning for a reduction in the speed limit between Lydney and Aylburton.
“Ultimately my fears came true and there was a fatal accident there. We can't let the same thing happen in Bream Road and should not be putting profit before safety.”
Parking charges in some Forest car parks have been reduced from 40p to 20p for up to one hour and from 70p to 50p for up to two hours, following a public consultation. Businesses have said they are putting off shoppers from visiting.
But some say more needs to be done to stop some Forest businesses from going under.
Andrew Maliphant, from Mitcheldean, said some businesses have been hit hard by parking charges, including a village butcher.
“Such losses of over 10 per cent of turnover cannot be sustained by any small business, not least as they will be the percentage containing any profit after bills have been met,” he said.
“The butcher anticipated such losses due to the disappearance of passing trade thanks to parking charges.
“Do those responsible for imposing parking charges on the village seriously claim that other external factors would have caused such a marked drop in turnover at that time?”
Brian Robinson, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “The retail market in general and meat retailing in particular had been affected by a number of factors over the past year.
“In Mitcheldean there is good provision of off road and on-street free parking.
“The car park has been well used and it is unlikely that change to the retail trade of one shop is influenced only by the 20p charge in the car park.”