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councillorchriswhitehouselargeA Newport councillor has launched an online petition to demand action by the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council on the ‘parking nightmare’ for local residents.

Cllr Chris Whitehouse, Conservative councillor for Newport West Ward, has published the petition calling for action and demanding that Cllr Jonathan Bacon, the Leader of the Council provides a variety of additional measures around 2 schools. These measures include more parking enforcement officers at school run time. better off-street parking for teachers and sixth form students and urgent consultation about introducing parking zones for residents only.

It has also been suggested to Cllr Bacon that Taylor Road should be opened up to buses only and in one direction only to avoid school run buses having to travel up Wellington Road, then all the way down again.

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Speaking today (Monday), Cllr Whitehouse says:

“With six local schools, it has always been chaos during school run time in our area around Wellington Road, Hinton Road, Fieldfare Road and Mountbatten Drive, but things have suddenly got much worse. During the construction work on Christ the King College new building, 60 parking spaces have been lost. There simply aren’t spaces for those 60 teachers and sixth formers to park on local roads.

“I personally warned the Leader of the Council about this chaos many months ago before the construction work began, as did the Principal of Christ the King College, Mrs Pat Goodhead. As local residents can now attest, the measures taken by Cllr Bacon have simply proved inadequate. If he doesn’t act soon, Cllr Bacon may have to take responsibility for accidents in which there are serious injuries and possibly deaths, not least because buses are having to mount pavements to get around cars that are so densely-parked they create obstructions.”

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