‘School run’ peril sparks MP alert

MEMBERS of a residents’ group are so worried about traffic build-ups outside schools in Hucknall that they are to alert their Conservative MP, Mark Spencer.

Speaking at a meeting of the Reach Out group, one resident said he was “very concerned” about parents converging in their cars on the town’s Hillside Primary School at dropping-off and picking-up times.

He claimed that it would be impossiblle for an ambulance or fire engine to get down Roberts Lane, where the school is located, at these times.

Problems caused by the ‘school run’ across Hucknall have been raised in front-page stories in the Dispatch over the past year.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, said: “This is an ongoing problem at all schools. Areas should be set aside where parents can park and then have a ten-minute walk to school. This would greatly reduce the risk of accidents.”

Group chairman Sally Wyatt said the matter had also been raised with Hucknall Partnership Group and there was felt to be a need for a solution to be sought at national level.

Meanwhile Brenda Shelbourne also told the meeting that daredevil youngsters were risking their lives playing ‘chicken’ while riding bikes on Nabbs Lane at the junction with Watnall Road. Her concerns are to be raised with Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Simon Zacharia.

A woman at the meeting complained that buses serving Hucknall were sometimes leaving stops early, which meant people having to wait half an hour for the next one.

Calls were also made for better co-ordination of bus services with the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) trams.

It was claimed that three young girls had been left stranded after getting off a bus to catch a tram which left the Hucknall stop without them.

Shoppers have also complained of long waits for buses at the main tram station.