Parking restrictions extended outside a Colne primary school

Double yellow lines will be painted close to a primary school in Colne after concerns were raised over the ability of emergency service vehicles to access the grounds.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 11:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 12:26 pm

The issue was highlighted by a developer working on an extension to Christ Church Church of England Primary School on Bent Lane.

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet recently approved what will be an extension to existing parking restrictions on the narrow route, which will reduce available on-street parking space for three cars.

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The current restrictions outside Christ Church Church of England Primary School, on Bent Lane in Colne (image: Google)

Two residents objected to the proposals during a public consultation last autumn, complaining that it would have an impact on visitors to properties on Bent Lane and people attending events at the nearby church.

They also argued that parking issues were limited to the duration of the school day and so any new restrictions should only be brought into force between 8am and 6pm on weekdays. It was also claimed that parents ignore the current parking limits and so any extension of them would be a waste of taxpayers’ money.

However, highways officers said in a report to cabinet that round-the-clock access was a requirement of the fire safety certificate to be issued to the school.

“Although the building is not occupied at all times, it will still be a potential hazard if there was to be a fire or a break-in requiring the attendance of the emergency services.

“Consequently, if a fire was to occur, the emergency response would be immediate – however, accessing the property may become obstructed if parked vehicles are blocking the entrance. Therefore, clear access should be maintained at all times.”