School run bat­tle sparked by ‘in­con­sid­er­ate driv­ers’

Head teacher ‘dis­ap­pointed’ by park­ing re­stric­tions which will ‘alien­ate some par­ents’

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Sean Davies ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

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

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