Builders taking over streets around school

Roads around a school are being overtaken by building contractors a resident claims, causing a parking headache for neighbours.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said streets surrounding Nobel School in Stevenage had become clogged with vehicles during the week, left by contractors working on its redevelopment. The school is undergoing expansion and refurbishment to accommodate 400 more pupils as well as the Stevenage Music Centre which is being relocated from Valley Way.

The Drake’s Drive resident said: “Our road is a dumping ground for vehicles. They are queuing up to take my space outside my house in the morning.

“I really don’t want to walk half a mile to my car. Why can’t they park on the school site?”

The school admitted there was a problem caused by “very limited” spaces available for contractors at the school and at a neighbouring scout hut.

A spokesman said: “Unfortunately, it is therefore inevitable that there will some overspill on to local roads. The school has liaised with the contractors and requested that they ask their staff to park legally and courteously. They have also discussed the issue with the local ward constable and PCSOs.

“The school appreciates the patience and understanding of local residents during the building works at the school.”

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Residents with particular concerns over parking are urged to contact the school.

The problem could continue for almost a year. Pupils are due to transfer to the new main school block after the Easter holidays next year, but work on the site is not due to be completed until November.

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