CALLS are being made for a new car park at the foot of the hill to Carmarthen's biggest primary school.
Ongoing parking problems both in the car park of Johnstown school and along Heol Salem leading to it have prompted one town councillor to suggest creating spaces at the bottom of the hill in the Pondside area - for those dropping off and picking up children.
Carmarthen Town Council welcomed the fact the school has is among others in applying for a Welsh Government funded Safe Routes in the Community scheme which aims to improve highway safety around the school.
However, councillor Phil Grice at a meeting of the council suggested that alongside safety initiatives there should be plans to look at increasing parking for the school in a bid to combat the chronic congestion during morning and particularly afternoon times when school ends.
The entrance to Johnstown primary school in at the top of the hill on Heol Salem
He said: "There is a serious problem at Johnstown school, all the parents want to go up the hill and park in the car park.
"I was up there once and I was tripled blocked off by parents coming to collect children."
"Can I suggest that there could be a car park at the bottom of the hill, there is some land there that could be used."
"It would stop the need for parents to go up the hill because its mayhem there now."
Councillors agreed there was an issue but said a long term solution was difficult.
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Along with Johnstown's bid, the town's Ysgol y Dderwen has been successful in gaining a Safer Routes in the Community funding package too, together with a Llanelli school.
Under the scheme which can include crossings, traffic calming among other things, the Welsh Government is distributing nearly £5.2 million in grants from the Safe Routes in Communities Grant to 30 schemes across 20 local authorities.
Councillor Speake said after the town council meeting: "For Johnstown primary school it is understood there will be raised plateau on the junctions between Pondside and Heol Salem where the lolly pop lady is present and where many children cross over when walking to Johnstown School."
Councillor Phil Grice suggests extra car parking for Johnstown primary school could be created in the nearby Pondside area
Mayor Wyn Thomas said: "It's good that the Welsh Government has chosen schools with the most traffic problems, it is good that they are being done first in town."
Town and county councillor Alan Speake said he welcomed both the safer routes initiative for Johnstown and Ysgol y Dderwen.
"Residents and parents of Ysgol y Dderwen and those living in Trem y Coleg and Lime Grove Avenue kicked off this campaign, they did good work on it.
"This is excellent news for town, it won't be perfect but its one way through funding to improve safety to and from schools."
Johnstown primary school has been asked to comment on the idea for additional car parking.