Petition - Parking conditions outside The Priory School

Response from Hampshire County Council, December 2017

Dear Mrs Kelly

Thank you for bringing to our attention your concerns regarding parking conditions outside The Priory School, the comments in which have been noted.

We have examined the police database of injury accidents, and I can confirm that this data shows no pattern of collisions in the most recent five year period that could have been resolved through engineering or traffic regulation. As such we could not prioritise changes here from a casualty reduction perspective. I recognise that your petition raises a concern about the potential for accidents, but the continuing squeeze on funding for highway-related activity means safety improvements are prioritised to locations where injury accidents are most likely to occur, as this has to be based on clear evidence. With this aim, our Safety Engineers proactively monitor the police database of injury accidents to identify those locations where intervention is required to improve safety. We do respond to reported concerns, but will not normally recommend changes where injury collisions are not occurring unless there are clear and exceptional concerns from a safety engineering perspective.

I can confirm that the school warning signs are in good condition and also that our School Travel Planning Team would be happy to discuss updating the school’s Travel Plan, which was last updated in 2004. There are a number of measures available which could be logged through STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) to create a national standard School Travel Plan.

Through the STARS programme, elements relating to parking and general accessibility issues may be highlighted and initiatives to tackle them discussed. If you would like more information on School Travel Planning, please contact Kirstie Green on travelplans@hants.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely

Councillor Rob Humby
Executive Member for Environment and Transport