Dilemma over nursery traffic in Preston

David Hammond
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Supporters of plans to create a nursery next to a popular school are calling for a re-think after an application was submitted without parking facilities.

People living near Harris Primary school in Fulwood, Preston, have thrown their weight behind the proposal to create a 32-place preschool along with before and after school clubs.

However, they fear a repeat of previous traffic problems unless restrictions are put in place.

The proposal, by Discovery Vine, has been submitted to Lancashire County Council but ward councillor David Hammond has asked for it to be discussed by Preston City Council’s planning committee on Monday.

No car parking has been included in the application as nursery bosses say parents would “be encouraged to walk their children” to the facility where possible.

Parents would also been banned from parking on the school car park between 8am and 5pm, which some people fear could force them to leave their vehicles in surrounding residential streets.

He said that although there was no formal objection to the scheme, he would be asking the committee to recommend the school re-arranges its current staff parking arrangements so that area could be used by parents using the nursery.

Parking restrictions were put in place outside the Wychnor school’s main entrance and surrounding roads several years ago following a barrage of complaints.

Local say they want the nursery, which will operate five days a week with sessions every morning and afternoon.

It will also provide after school care for primary-aged children.

Coun Hammond said: “Residents have spoken to me about it. They are not objecting in any way at all and all the councillors are fully supportive of it.

I have come up with an idea whereby we could alter the situation in the existing grounds to make parking available so that people on the roads at the back of the school would not be affected by cars parking to drop off at the nursery.”