Parents in bid to ‘tame the traffic’

26-09-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. outside Gartcosh PS. Parents and pupils concerned about school parking issues.
26-09-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. outside Gartcosh PS. Parents and pupils concerned about school parking issues.

Gartcosh Primary parents say they are determined to thrash out a solution to the school’s “appalling” traffic problems – before a child is hurt.

That was the message from Parent Council members ahead of a summit meeting on traffic to be staged at the school on Thursday.

Spokeswoman Lauren Reilly said: “We feel if we don’t get things under control it will be only a matter of time before the worst happens – the selfishness of some motorists desperate to get a parking space close to the school has to be seen to be believed.”

Parents say the problems around the school have continued to multiply to the point where there needs to be a fully-fledged action plan to bring the situation under control.

Rather than any single measure it’s felt a range of solutions will be needed to make an impact on the situation.

The effort will also flag up the main concerns to all parents, and aim to engage them in trying to find ways to improve things.

Ms Reilly added: “The problems range from high volumes of cars to speeding, parking on the pavement, and drivers blocking residents’ driveways.

“As part of the junior road safety officers team which I’m involved with we’re getting together with Jacqui McDove, our local traffic officer at North Lanarkshire Council, to develop a travel plan to try and address the issues.”

The team carried out a survey of parents and children to identify main concerns, and also invited the police along to see for themselves the challenges pupils face getting to and from school.

Initiatives already taken include the launch of WOW - walk once a week (to school) – and this is said to have made some difference to traffic. Now the area’s four local councillors have been asked along to the Thursday morning meeting at the school, to discuss the next part of the bid to create better traffic conditions.