Parents' fury over Dagenham school's controlled parking
PUBLISHED: 19:36 07 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:45 08 September 2015
A shock was in store for parents on the first school run of the year when they dropped off their children to find freshly painted double yellow lines.
The road markings meant some drivers dropping and collecting their children from Manor Longbridge School on Scholars Way had to park over 20 minutes away and walk the distance instead.
A mum-of-two, who wished to remain anonymous, said the new lines have left parents “furious and disgusted”.
“We’ve come back after the summer break and there’s double yellow lines all around the school so there’s nowhere for us to drop off our kids,” she said.
“They’ve made them so long, there’s no spaces whatsoever left for us to park.
“I couldn’t believe these permits have been put there without consulting us. Everybody was disgusted and furious today when we saw them.”
The 36-year-old from Barking said the changes meant she had to park a 25 minute walk away from the Dagenham school.
She said parents were left fighting for a space on Gainsborough Road - the only street left with available parking.
The school is on the same complex as the Taylor Wimpey flats which opened four years ago.
“You’re not meant to drive into the school complex but lots of people do now so they can drop off,” she added.
“But I think that’s just an accident waiting to happen.
“I live 45 minutes away otherwise I’d walk my children each day. It’s not easy getting on the bus with two children under nine.”
A council spokesman said the road markings were painted following a consultation and concerns from residents.
He added: “We installed the Longbridge Road Controlled Parking Zone, which came into effect on June 1.
“As part of the restrictions, some yellow lines were installed across a cycle lane and dropped kerbs to protect access for cyclists.
“There are also a number of free parking bays for all motorists.”
He explained the school itself is situated within a private development which is “un-adopted land” and outside of council jurisdiction.
“Any new yellow lines within this area were not installed by the council,” he added.