Parents facing school run nightmare in Hatton - The Leamington Observer

Parents facing school run nightmare in Hatton

Leamington Editorial 6th Oct, 2023   0

FRUSTRATED parents in Hatton Park near Warwick are facing another 11 months of battling through roadworks to get their children to school.

The work, to construct an access road to the new Union View housing development, begins later this month and is set to last 11 months.

There will be traffic lights on the A4177 outside the Shell garage 24/7 and men at work from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. There will also be no let up at weekends with construction work to take place between 8am and 1pm.

Those residents considered to be most affected have received letters through their doors from Warwickshire County Council notifying them of the upcoming work.

And residents claim they will not be the only ones impacted as thousands of motorists use the A4177 each day, as well as the surrounding roads and motorways including the M40 and M6.

But the biggest concern raised on Facebook page Hatton Park Locals is by parents frustrated that this latest batch of roadworks will mean more hold-ups in getting their children to school on time.

Tracey Lou Ann posted: “I feel for the children who are going to be late for school each morning as school buses are delayed in the traffic. Not like they haven’t had enough disruption.”

Tracey Griffiths Black wrote: “I am surprised the council has even permitted temporary traffic signals to be in place for 11 months. Lessons obviously haven’t been learned from last time and it’s not like we have a satisfactory alternative route.”

Parent Christina Clinton-Bottrill posted how the latest roadworks would impact on her family’s life.

She said: “Oh no, a year? Why can’t they start at nine. My son has been late for pre-school every day because I have to put my other son on the Hatton Park bus first and then sit in the traffic.”

These latest roadworks follow on from over a year of delays on the Birmingham Road as a result of work taking place to build the houses at the new Union View development.

Taylor Wimpey, the developers behind the works, say it is a condition to the houses on the new development being sold that the access road is put in place.

Work was due to start in March but was delayed six months. It will now begin on October 19.

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