Sidbury parking problems need a solution

Parking along Church Street, Sidbury. Ref shs 5888-04-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Parking along Church Street, Sidbury. Ref shs 5888-04-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Parking problems in Sidbury have seen paving slabs and flower beds damaged - and even residents being trapped inside their properties, say police.

The issue has come to a head as residents’ complaints have highlighted the need for a solution.

PCSO Chris Bolsolver said he has received the reports from Church Street.

The problem is exacerbated by the heavy traffic attending the neighbouring primary school and PCSO Bolsolver is urging drivers to take care and to consider where it is safe to park.

“I know that parking is restricted in the area, but please take care not to damage other people’s property, or cause anyone any inconvenience,” he said.

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Sidbury Primary School administrator Vivienne Bornet said the school is working with PCSO Bolsolver to find a solution.

Although there is a car park across the road from the school, this does not have the capacity to cope with the number of vehicles that pick up and drop off children .

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Vivienne said various possible solutions are being discussed, including a possible drop-off point.

She is encouraging parents who are eligible to make use of the free bus service that runs from Sidford to the primary school, where possible, to ease congestion.

PCSO Bolsolver said he is also concerned about the narrow roads being blocked with parked cars on both sides, potentially leaving no emergency access.

He said he has received notification that many cars are speeding along the country lanes towards the school in Bridge Street.

“I would urge anybody to drive carefully in the country lanes, particularly at this time of the year when there is mud on the road and it is icy and cold and wet,” said PCSO Bolsolver.

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