‘Will we be lucky again?’


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PAR­ENTS have hit out at a “chaotic” school cross­ing and poorly main­tained nearby car park which they be­lieve con­trib­uted to a child be­ing hit by a car in Hayes.

The young boy was rid­ing a bike in Springfield Road when he was hit by a ve­hi­cle just be­fore 4pm last Thurs­day.

At the time, a spokesman for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­firmed the young cy­clist “suf­fered a leg in­jury which was non-life threat­en­ing and non-life chang­ing”.

How­ever, the in­ci­dent has left fam­i­lies who use the cross­ing fear­ing for the worst, and one par­ent be­lieves a key rea­son for the in­ci­dent is due to the “poor-keep­ing” of Minet Coun­try Car Park.

The car park is sit­u­ated near to the cross­ing in Springfield Road, which is used by pupils at­tend­ing Nanaksar Pri­mary, Guru Nanak Sikh Pri­mary School and Guru Nanak Sikh Sec­ondary.

Hardeep Singh, who lives in Hayes, has a child who at­tends one of the schools, and has said the area around the schools is “chaos” be­cause of the state of the car park.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent on Thurs­day, he said: “I can say we have been very lucky this time, but I’m not sure if luck will be with us again.

“One of the rea­sons is the Minet Coun­try Car Park is not looked af­ter and is in a very poor state, so par­ents are forced to park on yel­low lines to drop and pick their chil­dren, which ends up in chaos due to the three schools at this place.

“My child also at­tends one of the schools and it is very scary how un­safe it is cross­ing the road.

“The school is do­ing their best, and they even have some­one stand­ing out­side in the morn­ings, but with lim­ited re­sources, they can only do so much.”

Mr Singh has raised two pe­ti­tions with Hilling­don Coun­cil - one for main­tain­ing the car park and the other one for a ze­bra cross­ing out­side the school.

He added: “I’m hop­ing some­thing gets done be­fore any ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent takes place. I’ve al­ways said there is an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen here.”

Mr Singh has con­tacted his lo­cal MP, John McDon­nell, who he says has been “re­ally help­ful” in deal­ing with com­mu­nity is­sues in the past.

The MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton said: “I will con­tinue to work with, and sup­port the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy stu­dents, staff and the par­ents, as I have done for over 20 years.

“The well­be­ing and safety of all con­cerned is very im­por­tant to me.

“In my ca­pac­ity as the vice-chair of the Friends of Minet Coun­try Park and lo­cal Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, I will work with the school and lo­cal coun­cil­lors in re­gard to the pro­posed safety mea­sures.”

A spokesman for Hilling­don Coun­cil said: “The po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the col­li­sion and it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to spec­u­late fur­ther.

“We wish all in­volved well in their re­cov­ery.”

Hilling­don Po­lice took this photo from Springfield Road where a car hit a boy on a bike on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 12

Hilling­don Po­lice tweeted that the ‘young child cy­clist was hit but thank­fully OK’

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