Children from Deansbrook Infant School left concerned over selfish parkers near their school

Children's anger over selfish parkers near their school

Children's anger over selfish parkers near their school

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Children concerned by selfish drivers near their school showed their MP the problems they face.

Pupils from Deansbroook Infant School, in Hale Drive, invited Hendon MP Matthew Offord to see the difficulties caused by the drivers first hand.

Members of the school council told Mr Offord too many motorists drive or reverse onto the pavement, park on the zig-zag lines and speed down the quiet road.

He agreed to visit the school after they sent him a map showing where vehicles had driven along the pavement or parked irresponsibly or dangerously.

After the meeting, Mr Offord agreed to speak to Barnet Borough Council about the issue and arrange for further parking enforcement officers to visit the site.

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8:51pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Neville Longbottom says...

I hate nosey parkers.
I hate nosey parkers. Neville Longbottom
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2:45pm Tue 22 Jul 14

kieranlynch says...

These people are parents or guardians of children at the school, who can't get their act together to walk or park where they should. Unlike other people - who also have lives to arrange around the school run - but aren't lazy or selfish. How are children supposed to safely cross the road when idiots are blocking the school gates?

Even worse, the next rushed three-point-turn up the pavement or right into someone's drive could mean running over a child. Or if they're lucky, being thumped by the parent of a child they almost ran over.

Deansbrook School should send 'Most Wanted' letters home to all parents/guardians, showing photographs of offending idiots, before a child gets hurt.
These people are parents or guardians of children at the school, who can't get their act together to walk or park where they should. Unlike other people - who also have lives to arrange around the school run - but aren't lazy or selfish. How are children supposed to safely cross the road when idiots are blocking the school gates? Even worse, the next rushed three-point-turn up the pavement or right into someone's drive could mean running over a child. Or if they're lucky, being thumped by the parent of a child they almost ran over. Deansbrook School should send 'Most Wanted' letters home to all parents/guardians, showing photographs of offending idiots, before a child gets hurt. kieranlynch
  • Score: 2

6:43am Thu 24 Jul 14

Concerned Citizen 101 says...

I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen a car driving down the pavement in order to get around the traffic. My heart is in my mouth every time! As for people selfishly driving their kids to school, as a local resident, I often see the same parents waiting in their cars a good 20 minutes before school starts or finishes.

Obviously further road markings are not going to make much difference parents park over the zig zags anyway, as well as across driveways. There is very rarely an I forcemeat officer in attendance.

A possible solution would be to create a one way system, or block off the end of the road, open up the other school entrance to reduce traffic, and have a parking warden there more often!!

Deansbrook is a big school (3-4 form entry every year), hopefully the opening of the new Orion school will help reduce the amount of people that live far enough away to have to drive.
I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen a car driving down the pavement in order to get around the traffic. My heart is in my mouth every time! As for people selfishly driving their kids to school, as a local resident, I often see the same parents waiting in their cars a good 20 minutes before school starts or finishes. Obviously further road markings are not going to make much difference parents park over the zig zags anyway, as well as across driveways. There is very rarely an I forcemeat officer in attendance. A possible solution would be to create a one way system, or block off the end of the road, open up the other school entrance to reduce traffic, and have a parking warden there more often!! Deansbrook is a big school (3-4 form entry every year), hopefully the opening of the new Orion school will help reduce the amount of people that live far enough away to have to drive. Concerned Citizen 101
  • Score: 1

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