STEPS are being taken to address dangerous and inconsiderate driving at an Alloa school.

Councillor Kenny Earle told the Advertiser a “constructive meeting” was held last week between partners to address issues at Sunnyside Primary School.

It comes after parents, nearby residents and school staff raised concerns over traffic, fearing it is “only a matter of time” before injury or worse happens.

David Brown – a nearby resident, a parent of a child at the school and a Hill Street landlord – said: “There is a widely held belief amongst parents, residents and school staff that the current traffic management situation at Sunnyside is unsafe and not fit for purpose.

“We feel it is only a matter of time before a school child or pedestrian is injured, or worse, as a result of a road traffic collision and feel that action needs to be taken soon to change this situation.”

He said his eight-year-old son was recently involved in a “near miss” and “ was almost reversed over by a car at the Queen street/Erskine Street junction”.

Cllr Earle told the Advertiser: “[The issue is] dangerous and inconsiderate driving, by a few people, who drop off and pick up their children.

“It has to be emphasised it's very few people who are doing it, the majority abide by the law – there are others who don't and they are putting children's lives at risk.”

He explained the council's roads department is looking at a number of suggestions to resolve the problems.

Under consideration is a park and stride scheme, which would see cars parked away from the school either at Alloa Leisure Bowl or at Asda – if property owners agree.

Controlled parking zones are also being considered.

A range of other suggestions have also been put forward by Mr Brown, who also looked at a wider number of nearby sites for park and stride to keep traffic away from the school and encourage families to walk.

Other solutions could include one-way systems and speed reducing measures.

The main issues, explained Mr Brown, are on the narrow Erskine Street were parents drop off and pick up children.

There are also issues with speeding vehicles on Queen Street and with illegal parking around the school in general.

Another nearby resident, Bob McDougall, said: “Teachers and parents regularly block driveways - this leads to residents being unable to get cars in and out of driveways and deliveries can become impossible.

“There are a number of commercial vehicles parking in the street but there is a particular problem at the junction at Hill Place - the vehicles completely obscure the view as you turn in or exit from the street and it is impossible see to children and/or other pedestrians as they attempt to cross the street."

He added: “It is an accident waiting to happen."

It is understood a further meeting is to be held in January to look at possible options.