Stowupland parish chief criticises Suffolk County Council over safety concerns at village high school

The Stowupland village sign

The Stowupland village sign

Suffolk County Council has made no promises that safety will be improved for students travelling to a school which is due to have hundreds of extra children, according to a parish chairman.

Fed-up villagers say the problem with parking at Stowupland High School means traffic can tail back to the A14 – with more rural routes also clogging up at the start and end of the day.

Keith Welham, parish council chairman, said because of middle schools closing, 360 additional students would go to Stowupland.

He wants more parking spaces at the school – which is only a couple of hundred yards away from the village primary. His comments come after a meeting was called to discuss the concerns.

“We have got absolutely no promises from the county council at all as to ways to make it safer on the main road which we are concerned about,” Mr Welham said.

“There are concerns about parking and safety; parents are parking all over the place. We cannot get two-way traffic into and out of the high school so the traffic backs up on the A1120 which causes problems.

“The only way the county council can make it safer and better for people in the village is to provide more parking and a safer way in and out of school.”

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County councillor, Gary Green, said a traffic survey would analyse the vehicle numbers on the school’s road. The survey is part of the planning application for a six-classroom new school building.

A council spokesman said: “Local community members raised specific concerns about the high school entrance which will be addressed through the planning process.

“The need to encourage more sustainable travel to school was accepted by everyone present and considerable support will be provided to the school to encourage more cycling to school.”

Mr Green said a decision on the application would be made on November 19.

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