College traffic nightmare for neighboursBy Tim Harris
November 13, 2012
PEOPLE living near a college in Farnborough say they are having their ‘quality of life’ affected by traffic issues in the area.
Residents near Farnborough Sixth Form College, in Prospect Avenue, say they are experiencing problems on a regular basis.
Rushmoor councillors Clive Grattan, Barry Jones and Les Taylor previously voiced fears over parking, congestion and speeding, particularly in Prospect Avenue and Sand Hill.
Since then exasperated residents who live in this area have revealed how these issues affect them on a daily basis.
Nicola Sills, of Sand Hill, said: “People stop in my driveway and drop children off. They park on my drive and block my entrance. It is extremely frustrating.
“Parking is the main problem, and there is a safety issue with people mounting the pavement – they do not signal.
“When we are walking our children to school, you fear for them. It is an accident hotspot really.”
Another resident of Sand Hill added: “It is a major, major problem around here. There is no pick up or drop off point, cars just stop anywhere. We have people parking on our drive. There is a lack of respect, they just seem to park and stop and do whatever they want. There is also noise, they beep their horns and have their music on loud.
“We have people coming into the roads and it causes tailbacks, which is frustrating for other drivers. We have had quite a few serious accidents.”
Residents suggested the problems might be a consequence of the growing number of students studying at the college, which now stands at 3,300 full-time students.
People in the area also described how there is an issue with driving instructors lining up along the road waiting to pick up their students for driving lessons, particularly in Whitehouse Close.
Debra Frew, of Whitehouse Close, described the entire situation as a ‘catastrophe on a daily basis.’
Simon Jarvis, principal of Farnborough Sixth Form College, stressed how the college strives to do everything possible to be considerate to the community.
“We take our responsibility as a good neighbour very seriously here,” he said. “We talk to our tutors, students and parents, to encourage them to take care of the local environment.
“We also encourage them to park and drop off safely.
“Unfortunately, if our students and parents are parking inconsiderately, but legally, there is not a great deal more that I can do.”
In response to concerns about the expansion of the college, Mr Jarvis said Farnborough Sixth Form is a ‘successful college,’ that people want to come to.
Cllr Barry Jones said: “This is something the residents feel quite strongly about. It is at best a considerable irritation for people who live in that area, and at worst a safety concern.
“The residents all understand that the college is a brilliant educational establishment, but they are not that keen on it as a neighbour.
“All of the authorities are working towards if not a solution, some mitigation.”
Cllr Mel Kendal, executive member for environment and transport for Hampshire County Council, added: “I can advise that next year Hampshire County Council has proposals to fund a review of parking in the wider area to see what can be done to improve the situation. A number of solutions will be investigated.”