Parking on pavement outside Dagenham school sparks child safety fears

Concerned parent Teresa Harris, outside St Peter's Primary school

Concerned parent Teresa Harris, outside St Peter's Primary school - Credit: Archant

A group of concerned parents who fear for their children’s safety are calling on drivers to stop parking on the pavement outside a Dagenham school.

Concerned parent Teresa Harris, outside St Peter's Primary school

Concerned parent Teresa Harris, outside St Peter's Primary school - Credit: Archant

Cars are left on the walkway outside St Peter’s Roman Catholic Primary School, in Goresbrook Road, before and after school on a daily basis – and mum-of-four Teresa Harris, 50, has had enough.

She insists it’s just a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt unless things change.

“It’s been a problem for a number of years, but things have got worse recently,” Teresa, of Rowdowns Road, said. “A child will get hit without a doubt.

“It’s just laziness. People park on the pavement as close to school as they can, which is ridiculous.

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“Why can’t people just park down the road and walk?”

Mum-of-two Susie Shoring, who lives in Goresbrook Road, claims that her year six son was almost run over by a car as they were leaving school.

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“It would have hit him unless I pulled him out of the way,” the 41-year-old said. “I’m now having to explain to my children if the red lights come on at the back of a car [that] it will be going backwards.

“I shouldn’t have to explain this to my children – the cars shouldn’t be there full stop.”

Carol Duval, 37, of Tilney Road, Dagenham, has two children at the school, and one of them was hit by a car door while they were walking on the pavement.

“It’s getting very serious now,” she said. “It seems to be the majority of parents that are doing it, and the people like us who want something to be done seem to be in the minority.

“Someone will get hit by a car sooner or later, there have been so many near misses.

“Sometimes the road’s three cars deep – it’s chaos.”

Headteacher Daniel Craft raised the issue with parents and drivers in a newsletter last week.

“Do not park on the pavement,” he wrote.

“You are not allowed to drive there and, if people continue, one of your children could be hurt soon.”

A spokesman for Barking and Dagenham Council said: “St. Peter’s Primary School is in the school deployment plan, and is regularly patrolled with six Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued at the location in 2015.

Once a CEO is in attendance, vehicles move on and the environment of the School Keep Clears are minimal.

“We have limited enforcement officers but patrol all primary schools regularly, using cameras on areas of congestion like zig-zag lines in many parts of the borough.

“Footway restriction is also enforced around the school on a regular basis, with 18 PCNs issued since April 2015.”

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