Dagenham street left seething by school run parents
PUBLISHED: 12:11 12 February 2016
Exasperated residents say they’re delighted that double yellow lines are set to be painted outside their homes after continued problems with parents parking in front of their drives.
Most weekday mornings and afternoons, the pavements outside Marsh Green Primary School become blocked up as people wait to pick up their children.
Retired lorry driver Gary Jackson, 58, of South Close, Dagenham, says the problem has become so bad that he has to manage his life around it.
“It’s an absolute joke,” he said. “Whenever we go out in the afternoon we either have to come back before 1.30pm or after 4pm.
“If you try and go home between 2.30pm or 3.30pm it’s pointless – it’s just a no-go area.
“We’re always blocked in, but when you go and ask them to move they tell you it’s their right to park there.
“[Half-term] is perfect. It’s quiet, we can have people round and come and go as we please.”
In addition to being a logistical inconvenience, Gary believes that it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hit by a car.
“It’s really dangerous,” he added. “There are children crossing the road all the time before and after school, but half the time it’s the cars on the pavements you have to watch out for.”
After months of complaining to the council, though, it seems that the actions of the neighbours have not been in vain.
Double yellow lines are set to painted on South Close in March, which could put an end to the issue.
“It’s perfect for us,” said Gary. “The traffic wardens will come down and they’ll be no ‘I’m just dropping my children off’ – that’ll be it.
“Only time will tell, but in fairness the council do seem to be doing something to help us.”
Cllr Lynda Rice, cabinet member for crime and enforcement, said: “We are determined to make our streets safer for motorists and pedestrians.
“This means we need to install double yellow lines across junctions where there are none, no matter where in the borough.”
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