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JOINT WORKING PARTNERSHIP WITH BRADON FOREST AND ST MARYS SCHOOL WITH ASSOCIATED BODIES

REVIEW MEETING - KEY POINTS - October 2018

  • Consultation online received 15 comments ranging from “I will park where I want; I drive as I have to work; I drive as my child has a disability; residents stop moaning; the parking is difficult wherever” to “I will consider an alternative parking place”.  
  • The Parish Council have witnessed a significant amount of increased parking in the three locations which include the Village Hall, The Red House and the Millennium Hall.  This is due to the communications from all three schools to choose these safer places. – A real positive.  Thank you for spreading the word.  The Parish Council are looking at the feasibility of a crossing on Church Street to aid the safe crossing from both these locations to the footpath to the schools.
  • A visit by Parish Council staff/Councillors to the Peak on three occasions witnessed a real ignorance by some; as they were not parking illegally they did not see the problem.  Social media continues to show inconsiderate parking.  Note: parking on verges is not only those from the school runs but also select residents.
  • Greensquare to consider placing a joint application to the Area Board for funding towards poles/bollards along the Greensquare owned grassed verges to stop all parking on the verges including residents and visitors.  Greensquare to consider a consultation with residents to determine its merit in progressing this application further.
  • Road safety week is approaching w/c 19th November and it was agreed that we would carry out a high viz presence this week to encourage those who still choose to park dangerously to reconsider.
  • It was further suggested as part of the Road Safety Week that we produce a video/photographic still of children and some of the issues faced by inconsiderate/dangerous parking.
  • Anyone witnessing dangerous driving please where possible take registrations and report to the Police.
  • Greensquare during their weekly meetings with the police to ask for their support, work permitting.
  • Parish Council to issue a press release/communication on where we are to date.

 

WIltshire Council/Purton Parish Council/Residents/Wiltshire Police/St Marys School/Bradon Forest School

TRAFFIC AND SAFETY RELATING TO ST MARYS/BRADON FOREST SCHOOLS AND SURROUNDING AREAS

An “invite” only meeting was held on Monday 16th July 2018 with a defined group of people as detailed above to work on issues relating to the safety and traffic at both schools around the College Road/Reids Piece and The Peak areas.

The meeting was well attended and received by all and although no definitive single answer resolution was found the following items were agreed to be carried out and addressed as the first phase of joint working.

  • A map, produced by the Parish Council, highlighting safe, easy access parking for those who have to drive their children to school to be produced with footpaths and clear instructions – given to all parents/carers via the schools as part of their welcome packs and newsletters
  • The residents to continue their petition to go to Wiltshire Council to ensure that when the ANPR devices are sourced the Peak and associated areas in Purton are considered
  • The Police will aid with the sourcing of yellow “POLICE NO PARKING” cones for use along the Peak at core times
  • A questionnaire/survey to be placed on the Parish Council website asking why parents drive and not use the allocated safe parking spaces and any other associated valuable statistical information we can gain to understand the logistics behind the parking issues – link to then be sent to the schools for newsletters/websites etc
  • Requests to all staff members/volunteers at both schools to park within the school boundaries and not on the highways – this would only be a request as not enforceable but would then leave valuable parking free for those living in the areas and not cause issues at peak times (both schools have stated there is sufficient parking for all staff within their grounds)
  • Liaison with Greensquare regarding options for stopping parking on the grass verges
  • High Viz presence on select days along the Peak, Reids Piece to ask why parents are not using the safer parking routes and issue those who may not know where to park safely the maps and associated information – Led by Parish Council with support from all the above bodies when available
  • Requests for regular enforcement agencies to visit the sites at peak times and ticket those illegally parked
  • Police to, when resources are available, monitor the areas at core times and enforce parking tickets and give “friendly advice”
  • Both schools to work on their Travel Plans/Safer Routes to School as a matter of urgency to ensure they are in place before we start to apply for any funding options
  • Consider options of signage to state “no parking on grassed areas”, “parking for schools” etc – longer term option via the Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board grants
  • “Phone APP” options to be circulated to all parents/carers in newsletter for car sharing features – Parish Council to source information and share

It is appreciated that schools are due to disperse for the summer term, however the new intake and return will be addressed through social media, newsletters and direct school contact.

Alternative suggestions were made during this meeting which included a new road and parking, use of the land at Reids Piece owned by the Parish Council, closing The Peak and associated roads during school times and all these were considered unfeasible at this point in time and to try the above options first.

A review meeting will be arranged with the above parties once the actions are carried out and the feedback received.

The clear message from all parties was that if you live in the Village please walk your children to school wherever possible and if you have to park, please use the designated areas of safe parking.

 

Purton Parish Council
Chairman of Council                                                                                    Dated : Monday 16th July 2018

 

SAFE PARKING SITES FOR ACCESS TO THE SCHOOLS
As part of the Action Plan above, we have produced a map showing safe parking routes for both schools as below. CLICK HERE

SURVEY FOR PARENTS DRIVING THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL
If you drive your child/care responsiblilty to school please take the time to complete the survey in order to give vital information to the relevant bodies on what could be acheived to make change.Please CLICK HERE

 

PURTON PARISH COUNCIL AND ST MARYS CHURCH - WIN AN AWARD FOR JOINT WORKING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Purton Parish Council and St Marys Church were awarded a "Care of Churches Award 2018" for joint working and engagement on a tree project within the Churchyard from the Diocese of Bristol. 

 

VENTURE PARK - DOGRIDGE ESTATE  
The Parish Council are considering options for refurbishment of the site and would welcome your comments.
Click the link to complete the online questionnaire.  Click Her
There will also be an opportunity to see plans and discuss options at the Councillor Surgery being held on Saturday 8th September in the Village Hall from 10-12 noon
Let your voices be heard, come along and see what could be achieved with funding.
Consultation ends 17th August 2018.

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH SCHEME (CSW)
Purton CSW currently has 6 trained active members (more always welcome), who regularly can be seen at 4 fixed locations within the village (Restrop Road, the FOX, BT depot on Station road and Clardon road) with a 5th site on Chuch road in the works currently.
As more vehicles use Purton as a throughfair, we are seeing an increased number of cars, on average 600+ per hour at more peak times. We do see a decrease in the percentag of speeders after we have been recording data..typically 6-10% are travelling at 20% more than the speedlimit.
Accidents involving Cars are on the increase through the village and so dilligence is the key. Driving at the speed limit, or below will add little time to your journey home - but it may save a life. Possibly even someone you care about...

For more information contact our lead Councillor Paul Grigg or the Clerk Deborah Lawrence deborah.lawrence@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk

FACEBOOK
Did you know Purton Parish Council has a facebook page which is updated regularly with items around the village, matter that affect the village and events that are being held?
If you are a group, business or resident and wish to keep us updated, please check out our facebook page.  Click here

PURTON FOOTPATHS
Purton has 161 footpaths that link the Parish through fields, bridleways and amazing views.  The team of volunteers, all fromt he area work tirelessly to keep them accessible.
If you would like to help by reporting issues to the Parish Council please do so, if you would like a map of where to walk safely without intruding on landowners properties, please pop into the Parish Council Offices.
If you like to supprot tyhis inviitaitive by sponsoring a kissing gate then please let us know.  "Communities that work together stay together."

PARISH PLAN
The Parish Plan has now been finalised and approved, through consutlation and assessment with residents and a working party within the Village.
To view the document click here. There are a few hard copies available in the Parish Council Office if you require one.
We realise that it is a long document but there are a lot of interesting sections.History and Parish profile are general background information on the Parish. Housing and Development are particularly important for the future of both the village and the Parish.
"An excellent partnership of working together as a community"