Drivers accused of creating 'death trap' with irresponsible parking outside Churchfields Junior School in South Woodford

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Parents who drive are set to be acting irresponsibly outside Churchfields Junior School Parents who drive are set to be acting irresponsibly outside Churchfields Junior School

"Lazy" parents who park dangerously when dropping their children off at school are creating a “death-trap,” it is claimed.

Fellow parents who walk their children to school say drivers ignore zig-zag markings prohibiting stopping and mount the kerb outside Churchfields Junior School in Churchfields in South Woodford, are putting children at risk.

It is claimed teachers have been forced to intervene on several occasions to tell parents to park elsewhere.

Claire Hughes, of Wynndale Road in South Woodford, walks her daughter to school every day and has argued with parents on several occasions over the issue.

She said: “People are actually driving up to the school and mounting the pavement.

“These people are parents, they should know better. It’s got to the point where there’s going to be a serious accident and a child is going to go under the wheels of a car.

“There’s no going back from that. I can’t understand why people would want to drive right up to the gate in their cars.”

Resident Ken Morden, 67, of Churchfields, said: “I see the traffic at the same time every day. It’s absolute mayhem – why something hasn’t been enforced yet I don’t know.

“It is a death-trap. I don’t understand why parents would want to put their own children’s lives at risk.

“It’s pure laziness.”

A statement on the school's website said: "Every child attending Churchfields Infants and Juniors is important and they all deserve to get to and from school safely and without fear of being injured in the process.

"Stop and think for a moment, how would you feel if it was your child who was unnecessarily injured due to the inconsiderate and irresponsible behaviour of another parent?"

The Guardian is waiting for further comment from the school.

The Guardian is waiting for comment from the school.

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1:19pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

It is not just this school, you should see Walthamstow School parking!
It is not just this school, you should see Walthamstow School parking! Villagecranberry

3:13pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ruby newbie says...

school near me gets wardens for this yobbish behaviour
school near me gets wardens for this yobbish behaviour ruby newbie

5:01pm Fri 14 Feb 14

MorrisHickey says...

It's been going on around this school for at least 30 years, and Redbridge does nothing about it.

Redbridge Council is very good at persecuting motorists on bank holidays in residential areas but does absolutely nothing about the area around Churchfields School. What a bloody disgrace.
It's been going on around this school for at least 30 years, and Redbridge does nothing about it. Redbridge Council is very good at persecuting motorists on bank holidays in residential areas but does absolutely nothing about the area around Churchfields School. What a bloody disgrace. MorrisHickey

5:23pm Fri 14 Feb 14

jackblack007 says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
It's been going on around this school for at least 30 years, and Redbridge does nothing about it.

Redbridge Council is very good at persecuting motorists on bank holidays in residential areas but does absolutely nothing about the area around Churchfields School. What a bloody disgrace.
here, do me a favour, talk about go over the top, why dont we build 2 huge watch towers , man them with armed guards and have helicopters circling over school pick/up and drop off times , then we can arrest the offenders and sentence them to 5 years hard labour in a russian gulag or the like

every school has the same problem , everywhere, the whole of woodford is a war zone in school times
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: It's been going on around this school for at least 30 years, and Redbridge does nothing about it. Redbridge Council is very good at persecuting motorists on bank holidays in residential areas but does absolutely nothing about the area around Churchfields School. What a bloody disgrace.[/p][/quote]here, do me a favour, talk about go over the top, why dont we build 2 huge watch towers , man them with armed guards and have helicopters circling over school pick/up and drop off times , then we can arrest the offenders and sentence them to 5 years hard labour in a russian gulag or the like every school has the same problem , everywhere, the whole of woodford is a war zone in school times jackblack007

7:05pm Fri 14 Feb 14

stickmanny says...

helicopters good idea but don't bother with the arrests just take em out
helicopters good idea but don't bother with the arrests just take em out stickmanny

9:35am Sat 15 Feb 14

red37red says...

i bet most of the parents who drive there car to school are walking distance anyway...
i bet most of the parents who drive there car to school are walking distance anyway... red37red

1:02pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Dave mp says...

red37red wrote:
i bet most of the parents who drive there car to school are walking distance anyway...
Yes, the fat lazy benefit scrounger eating their chicken and filling their children's packed lunch with chocolate and crisps!
[quote][p][bold]red37red[/bold] wrote: i bet most of the parents who drive there car to school are walking distance anyway...[/p][/quote]Yes, the fat lazy benefit scrounger eating their chicken and filling their children's packed lunch with chocolate and crisps! Dave mp

4:24pm Mon 17 Feb 14

KatieHPhoto says...

All there needs to be is one member of staff who is outside the main gate during both school run times during the day, and if they see someone performing a dangerous manoeuvre or breaking the law, then they can issue an on the spot fine.
All there needs to be is one member of staff who is outside the main gate during both school run times during the day, and if they see someone performing a dangerous manoeuvre or breaking the law, then they can issue an on the spot fine. KatieHPhoto

7:36pm Thu 27 Feb 14

snacker says...

KatieHPhoto wrote:
All there needs to be is one member of staff who is outside the main gate during both school run times during the day, and if they see someone performing a dangerous manoeuvre or breaking the law, then they can issue an on the spot fine.
Are teaching staff able to issue on the spot fines for traffic offences on a public road ? I suspect not.
[quote][p][bold]KatieHPhoto[/bold] wrote: All there needs to be is one member of staff who is outside the main gate during both school run times during the day, and if they see someone performing a dangerous manoeuvre or breaking the law, then they can issue an on the spot fine.[/p][/quote]Are teaching staff able to issue on the spot fines for traffic offences on a public road ? I suspect not. snacker

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