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Parent raises concerns over parking near school in Downham Market




A resident in Downham has raised concerns about parking issues near a school, claiming the way some motorists leave their vehicles is putting children’s lives at risk.

Greg Clifton fears that someone will be seriously injured while crossing the road close to Nelson Academy, as he says drivers are parking on both sides, making it “impossible” to see.

Mr Clifton, who uses this route while taking his two children to school, said: “This is an accident waiting to happen and I do not want to be leaving this until a serious accident occurs and then we wonder why no action was taken – this is completely preventable.”

Vehicles parked close to speed bumps at the point where children and parents cross the road on their way to Nelson Academy. Picture: SUBMITTED. (7437426)
Vehicles parked close to speed bumps at the point where children and parents cross the road on their way to Nelson Academy. Picture: SUBMITTED. (7437426)

He said a pathway runs between Grimshoe Road, Willow Road, Beech Road and Nursery Road which is used by parents and children to walk to and from the school.

At the point where the path crosses the road, there are speed bumps, but parked cars there are “forcing” people with young children to walk out between them.

Mr Clifton said he has spoken to Norfolk County Council about this, but he was told it was a police matter.

Lee Anderton, police engagement officer, said the place in question is not a designated crossing point, and as long as cars are not parking on the pavement, they are not causing an “obstruction” which could be dealt with by officers.

Mr Anderton added that there are currently no parking restrictions on the road.

“The advice is to follow the Highway Code to cross safely,” he added.



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