WOODFORD GREEN: 'Parents to blame' in school parking safety row, says council

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Headteacher Tony Blackhurst, Paul Fredricks, Jonathan Bray, Juliet Bray and PTA chair Clare Lockrell near the school parking zig zags outside Woodford Green Prep School, Glengall Road, Woodford Green. Headteacher Tony Blackhurst, Paul Fredricks, Jonathan Bray, Juliet Bray and PTA chair Clare Lockrell near the school parking zig zags outside Woodford Green Prep School, Glengall Road, Woodford Green.

THE council has blamed parents on the school run for the parking problems near a prep school, after they held a protest against the road markings which they say are putting their children in danger.

Iain Duncan Smith MP joined parents and staff outside Woodford Green Prep School in Glengall Road on Friday (May 28) to urge the council to make the zigzag road markings near the school gates mandatory.

Speaking to the Guardian last week, headteacher Tony Blackhurst said this would prevent people parking there throughout the day while using the Tube to commute to London, which creates a hazard for children crossing the road.

However, the council has rejected these claims and said that it is actually mums and dads on the school run who are responsible for parking near the school, not commuters.

A Redbridge Council spokesperson said: “Initial plans for the 'safe routes to school' scheme for this school didn’t include mandatory zigzags, the school actually requested these. However, residents objected and the scheme was implemented with advisory zigzags.

“The problems here are compounded by the school opening a previously restricted access (deliveries only) for parents to use which makes parking in Glengall Road more attractive.

“The parking problems at the school are caused by drivers dropping off children. Our experience at schools across the borough suggests that parking by drivers on the school run is increasingly obstructive and potentially dangerous, regardless of the status of the local restrictions.

“This is something where schools have a major role to play in terms of educating parents and pupils and our Road Safety Officers will continue to work with schools to encourage less car journeys.”

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11:50am Mon 31 May 10

Heartlysmum says...

So how do you tell the difference between mandatory and advisory zigzags?
I always thought much to my apparent ignorance that all zigzags were no stopping areas during the school day.
Maybe the confusion is why especially in places like Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill and Shernall Street, Walthamstow they are abused.
So how do you tell the difference between mandatory and advisory zigzags? I always thought much to my apparent ignorance that all zigzags were no stopping areas during the school day. Maybe the confusion is why especially in places like Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill and Shernall Street, Walthamstow they are abused. Heartlysmum
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1:21pm Mon 31 May 10

Morris Hickey says...

Another example of money frittered away pouring paint onto the road surface for the principal benefit of contractors doing the work. And why cannot parents and their excessively pampered progeny walk?
Another example of money frittered away pouring paint onto the road surface for the principal benefit of contractors doing the work. And why cannot parents and their excessively pampered progeny walk? Morris Hickey
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5:38am Tue 1 Jun 10

Investigations says...

Surely "fewer car journeys" not "less car journeys?" Come on James, this is the language of the supermarket checkout with their "Less than nine items" when they really mean "fewer than nine items!" Less is related to size and volume fewer with numbers!
Like wot we wos tort at Chirchfeelds in the thirties!
Surely "fewer car journeys" not "less car journeys?" Come on James, this is the language of the supermarket checkout with their "Less than nine items" when they really mean "fewer than nine items!" Less is related to size and volume fewer with numbers! Like wot we wos tort at Chirchfeelds in the thirties! Investigations
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9:36am Tue 1 Jun 10

Morris Hickey says...

Was that 1930s, or 1830s?
Was that 1930s, or 1830s? Morris Hickey
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7:21pm Tue 1 Jun 10

Investigations says...

Now Morris - you should be aware that Churchfields School was not built until 1879 so nobody went there in the 1830's! We did have a Chinese neighbour however who spoke proudly of attending the Duke of Wellington's funeral! Multiculturalism is not a smart new wheeze concocted by clever modern politicians but was in the old days simply a pleasant curiosity! All our alien visitors wrote and spoke excellent English and did not march around the streets of Woodford with funny hats on!
Now Morris - you should be aware that Churchfields School was not built until 1879 so nobody went there in the 1830's! We did have a Chinese neighbour however who spoke proudly of attending the Duke of Wellington's funeral! Multiculturalism is not a smart new wheeze concocted by clever modern politicians but was in the old days simply a pleasant curiosity! All our alien visitors wrote and spoke excellent English and did not march around the streets of Woodford with funny hats on! Investigations
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