Parking outside Holne Chase school, Buckingham Road, West Bletchley is a nightmare for the residents of Cottingham Grove.

Local Councillor Elaine Wales and parish councillor for the Poets estate, Ian Revell, where Holne Chase is situated have joined together to call for a review of the parking.

Every day 200 children access the school via two narrow alleyways from Cottingham Grove and Wordsworth Drive into the school. Yet there is a huge parking area, that could be used as a drop off point at the front of the school. This is however not open to parents.

This means that twice a day around 60% of parents, or around 120 cars, drive into a narrow residential road and park in front of people’s houses whilst they drop the children off. The problem has become worse since the school started a breakfast club in January.

Cllr Elaine Wales said, “I have been contacted by local residents about the worsening parking problems in Cottingham Grove. There is a need to review the access to the school and ensure appropriate parking that does not upset nearby residents, but allows children to get to the school safely.”

Local resident, and former chair of governors Ian Revell, whose children went to Holne Chase concluded, “We have written to both Milton Keynes Council and the school calling for an urgent review of parking and the best way to improve matters. One option is to close the narrow alleyway into the school and to create roper drop off area at the front of the school to parents to drop children off.”

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