A Bradford councillor has criticised the authority’s procedures for dragging out the implementation of parking restrictions at a Bradford primary school.
Councillor Howard Middleton (Lib Dem, Bolton and Undercliffe) says Bradford Council has shown “no urgency” on implementing a single yellow line in Myers Lane to ease congestion outside Grove House Primary School, in Swain House, Bradford, during school hours.
Coun Middleton said the Bradford East Area Committee agreed funding two years ago and a consultation with residents was completed by this August.
He said following one objection the matter had to go back to the area committee and he expected it on the October agenda. But he said: “It didn’t go in October because we were told the meeting wasn’t going to happen. The chairman cancelled it on the grounds of no business, which was a surprise because we knew this was waiting and other things were waiting. Then we were told it couldn’t go to the November agenda because there was too many things on the agenda.”
Coun Middleton said the next meeting it could go to was in January, which he believes could mean the restrictions are not put in place until the spring half term.
He said: “It’s extremely frustrating for councillors and residents as well as the police and the Council who are have to spend a lot of time and resources.
“They are having to go up there all the time to try and manage the situation.”
Coun Middleton added: “The chairman doesn’t seem to have any urgency.”
Area committee chairman Councillor Mohammed Shafiq (Lab, Bradford Moor) said the report had not been brought to him before the October meeting was cancelled and if Coun Middleton had raised the issue with him he would have found the time to discuss at November’s meeting, which was held last Thursday.
He said: “What I would say to Coun Middleton is he’s right to raise his concerns that this item wasn’t heard at this meeting but equally, Coun Middleton could have contacted myself ensuring that the item was brought to the meeting last Thursday.”
Inspector Pete Tuff, of the Eccleshill Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are asking for drivers’ co-operation in helping to provide a safer environment.
“Parents can do this by parking some distance away from the school entrances and walking the short distance to the school gates. I would also ask parents to consider leaving the car at home.”