‘How do they ex­pect us to pick up our chil­dren?’

Frus­tra­tion at all-day park­ing re­stric­tions out­side school

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PAR­ENTS and staff at an Ick­en­ham pri­mary school are con­cerned for their chil­dren’s safety af­ter new park­ing en­force­ments came into ef­fect.

A scheme to de­ter commuter park­ing in roads sur­round­ing Glebe Pri­mary School came into force on Mon­day Septem­ber 19, but some are con­cerned it could ac­tu­ally have a big­ger im­pact on par­ents, who could then take risks while pick­ing their chil­dren up at the end of the school day.

The de­ci­sion to ban park­ing be­tween 9am and 5pm has even sparked some fierce back­lash from many res­i­dents, who have called for a change to the

We get nowhere at all to pick up our chil­dren safely”

re­stricted hours or the in­tro­duc­tion of per­mits for par­ents.

One dad pick­ing up his nine-year-old daugh­ter from the Sus­sex Road pri­mary on Mon­day last week said: “Per­son­ally I think it’s lu­di­crous. It’s hurt­ing the par­ents more com­muters.

“We get nowhere at all to pick up our child safely.”

The fa­ther of two from Uxbridge added: “We’d prob­a­bly think about not send­ing [our two-yearold] here. This is a bril­liant school, but this could un­der­mine it.

Other par­ents were con­cerned that there are only a hand­ful of spa­ces for them to legally park to pick up their chil­dren.

Ni­cholas Al­ford, head­teacher at Glebe Pri­mary, said the school has op­posed the changes and is con­cerned par­ents may ar­range to meet their chil­dren away from the school en­trance, or park than on the zig zag lines at the front.

He said: “My un­der­stand­ing is that they wanted to crack down on commuter park­ing in the sur­round­ing roads.

“Our big con­cerns are around the safety of the chil­dren. Some par­ents will take risks or rather than park­ing will stop and let their chil­dren jump in.

“I hope that’s not the case but I’ve got a feel­ing it will be.”

A Face­book cam­paign was set up by par­ents to op­pose the changes, called Glebe Par­ents Against Con­trolled Park­ing Ex­ten­sion, which has gath­ered over 200 mem­bers.

Post­ing in the group one par­ent said: “We are all deeply con­cerned about its im­pli­ca­tions on us as par­ents of the school and the im­pact it will have on our chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion and wel­fare.

“This leaves us con­founded as to how the coun­cil ex­pects us to pick our child up in the af­ter­noon.”

The scheme was in­tro­duced to de­ter com­muters park­ing in the roads around the school and us­ing Ick­en­ham Tube sta­tion, which is a 10-minute walk away.

Par­ents have sug­gested park­ing per­mits could be is­sued to par­ents pick­ing up their chil­dren, or en­forc­ing the re­stric­tions around lunchtime so com­muters can­not park all day but chil­dren can be picked up from school at 3.30pm.

Glebe Pri­mary School car­ried out a travel sur­vey of its par­ents ear­lier this year in re­sponse to the coun­cil’s plan, re­ceiv­ing 181 re­sponses ( 51% of those sur­veyed). It found that 26% of re­spon­dents live one to two miles away, 24% live two to four miles away, while 23% live on the Glebe es­tate. Around 59% trav­elled to the school by car.

Hilling­don Coun­cil has been asked for a com­ment.

n PARK­ING PROB­LEMS: Re­stric­tions have been put in place near Glebe Pri­mary School in Sus­sex Road, Ick­en­ham

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