‘Poor planning’ row over delays

NADV 1309041AM1 Rossett Acre School road works. (1309041AM)
NADV 1309041AM1 Rossett Acre School road works. (1309041AM)

Contractors have come under fire for resurfacing the roads outside a Harrogate primary school - on the first day back after the summer holidays.

Parents were left queuing up to get into Rossett Acre Primary School on Tuesday morning, as council wagons filled the road outside.

“It’s the absolute epitome of poor planning,” said one parent. “I pulled up this morning and there were 10 wagons parked right outside.

“There was lots of traffic queueing - the wagons are parked exactly where parents need to be dropping off their children. It’s just a joke.”

Other parents said it was no change from any normal school day - Irene Zdziebko on Twitter saying: “We have carnage outside Rossett, Harrogate Grammar etc on a daily basis during term time. Tarmac or not.”

North Yorkshire County Council, saying it has been carrying out programmed works all summer, has apologised to parents for any inconvenience caused.

“We make every effort, as far as possible, to carry out the works when they cause least disruption,” said a council spokesman. “With roads outside schools in particular we plan that any work takes place during the holidays.

“In this way we had planned that the patching work would be completed before the beginning of the new school year.

“Unfortunately our contractor overran the schedule and as such should have finished the work after the school drop-off time when the children were in school.

“We will be taking up the matter with them and can only apologise for the inconvenience to the school community.”