New £1.9m sports hall at Rugby High School may ease parking problems on Longrood Road

Some residents have complained about parking on Longrood Road
Some residents have complained about parking on Longrood Road

A headteacher is hoping a new £1.9 million sports hall with additional car spaces will help reduce the parking problems outside the school.

Rugby High School, in Longrood Road, Bilton, has limited parking on site and many students and parents park their cars on the nearby roads.

We do our very best to help when we know students are at fault

Charlotte Marten, Rugby High School headteacher

A resident, who did not wish to be named, said the new sports hall could cause even more parking issues as it could be used by members of the public after school hours.

“Drivers have constantly disregarded the parking restrictions - despite the county council repainting markings to make them clearer,” he said.

“The parking of cars by students has increased over the years and on Friday April 18, a total of 51 cars were parked in Longrood Road, Duncan Drive and Cymbeline Way.

“Road user and pupil safety is paramount and I consider that the education authority, governors and police should take responsibility, ensuring congestion is eased by insisting that extra parking is provided during school times,” he added.

Rugby High School headteacher Charlotte Marten said the school was doing its best to reduce parking problems.

“We don’t have control of people parking on the public highway but we do our very best to help when we know students are at fault,” she said.

Ms Marten said students were encouraged to park at Alwyn Road recreation ground or use the school buses provided.

“We’ve received planning permission to build a new sports hall and this will come with 27 extra parking spaces. This will make a significant difference to the parking situation in Longrood Road and the surrounding area,” she added.

The school is trying to raise £500,000 towards the sports hall by the end of the year. It has raised £85,125 so far. To get involved or for details, email campaign@rugbyhighschool.co.uk