School run battle sparked by ‘inconsiderate drivers’
Head teacher ‘disappointed’ by parking restrictions which will ‘alienate some parents’
HILLINGDON Council has declared war on school run parking in residential streets around Glebe Primary School.
The council is set to introduce residents only parking between 9am and 5pm near the school in Sussex Road, Ickenham.
This would effectively mean parents are unable to collect their children by car at either the primary school or nursery at the end of the school day.
Mum Julie Crawford, who has a child at the nursery, said: “It’s a really brilliant school which gets fantastic Ofsted results and it would be a real shame if people stopped their kids attending because they are concerned about not being able to collect them.
“I have heard other parents mentioning pulling their kids out of the school. I think that is too far at the moment, but I can understand why.”
Around 200 parents have joined a Facebook page highlighting the issue.
Hillingdon Council is understood to have consulted with residents living near Glebe School, but has had no correspondence with the parents to thrash out an agreement that could work for both sides.
Residents are understood to be near unanimous in agreement that parking restrictions are required, but several have expressed concerns about the effect on the school.
Headteacher Nicholas Alford said: “As a school we are disappointed with the decision. It risks alienating parents who have to drive in to drop off and collect their kids from the school.
“Personally I believe we are being penalised due to our close proximity to Ickenham Station and I think this is more of a commuter issue, with people parking in the area and travelling into central London, rather than parents parking.
“I must stress that it is only a small number of parents who do not park considerately.”
Mr Alford said the school has a limited number of parking spaces so there would also be an impact on staff. He added: “I think our biggest question is why build a bigger school with an extra 210 additional students by 2019 but then make it more difficult to get here and reduce the access to the school?”
In a report, Hillingdon Council said although a number of residents raised concerns and suggested a short morning-only restriction, they believe a nine to five restriction would be supported by the majority of residents. The roads in question are Burnham Avenue, St Giles Avenue, the section of Lawrence Drive west of Kempton Close, Austin’s Lane, Sussex Road and Tavistock Road.
The council declined to comment on the plans when contacted by the Gazette.
CONCERNS: Parking problems near Glebe Primary School