Campaigners call for action over ‘traffic chaos’ near primary school in Northampton

Councillor Gareth Eales
Councillor Gareth Eales

Nearly 150 people have signed a petition calling for action over traffic and parking near a Northampton primary school.

The petition raising issues near Earl Spencer Primary School in Streatfield Road will be presented to Northamptonshire County Council on Thursday June 18.

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Councillor Gareth Eales (Lab, Dallington Spencer), who collected the petition, said the high amount of traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times caused chaos around the school.

“it is also a school that is expanding and with more than 100 additional pupils to be added in the next couple of years, the congestion problems will grow and risk to pedestrians growing with it,” he added.

“There is also deemed to be insufficient staff parking provision on the horizon, adding to the problem and limiting nearby resident parking. Local residents are therefore petitioning on these matters.

“I have already had site meetings with Highways Officers looking at this issue and there is without doubt legitimate problems,” he said.

“Earl Spencer Primary really concerns me as the central issue is the expansion of a school and an apparent lack of road infrastructure to support it and the problems will grow as the school grows.

“I am taking these matters up on behalf of my constituents and will present the petition to full council and progress with officers and cabinet members accordingly,” he added.