Councillors’ plea over parking problems

Councillors in Woodhall Spa have appealed to parents of children at a village school to park sensibly amid fears of a massive repair bill.

It is claimed parents dropping off and picking up pupils at St Andrews School are damaging a road and adjoining verges in Jubilee Park.

Parish councillors have already held a meeting with the school which has pledged to do everything it can to ease the problem.

However, councillors heard at their last meeting that problems are continuing.

An added headache is that the road is also used by the neighbouring Petwood Caravan Park as a legal access route.

The parish council has budgeted to pay for the road to be brought back to an ‘acceptable standard’

However, it is keen to avoid any extra costs caused by inconsiderate parking.

Council chairman David Clarke said: “There are more than enough parking places in Jubilee Park.

“If people parked sensibily, it would probably add an extra minute to their walk to school but that appears to be too much for some people.

“We don’t want to introduce parking controls but it might be an option we have to look at.”

Park manager Joe Stanhope told the meeting that car owners had ignored his requests not to use the access road as a car park.

He said there was provision for 70-80 cars park in designated places.

Meanwhile, the parish council is poised to sign a deal with contractors who will carry out a refurbishment of the caravan amenity block in the park.

Councillors were told the urgently needed improvements would not cost any more than 110,000.

Funding for the work will be raised via a loan with the Public Works Loan Board.

The improvements are going ahead, even though the council plans to hand over ownership of the park, ideally within the next six months.