Parents fear for children with lack of safe parking

Basildon Recorder: Car "chaos" outside Janet Duke Primary School Car "chaos" outside Janet Duke Primary School

PARENTS are concerned their children are at risk due to a lack of parking near a Basildon primary school.

Parents say they find it a "nightmare" dropping off and picking up their children from Janet Duke Primary School on Markhams Chase.

Martin Saunders, from Tyler Avenue, says parents park their cars on the curbs all the way down the road since Markhams Chase Sports Centre across the road shut, making way for further housing.

Mr Saunders, 46, said: “It is extremely difficult for parents at times. For parents who work long hours and have limited time to take their children there is no other way but to drop your children off. A lot of parents are having to get to the school extremely early to get their children at the end of the school day and that simply isn’t fair.”

Donna Blythe, 39, from Gower Chase in Laindon said she had been hit by a car outside the school due to a lack of parking space.

“A couple of months ago a woman reversed into me in her haste to back into a space. I have been sent to the hospital for physio treatment ever since. It really is an accident waiting to happen and I strongly believe this could happen again. I am just thankful it was me and not a child.”

Fiona Adeniji said: “Parking is an issue and parents are having to park by the road which isn’t ideal. We need a lollipop person to patrol the road but haven’t been able to secure one at this time. We would encourage all interested parties to volunteer for a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon to help the school and the children.”

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8:45am Mon 8 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

Gets the kids to walk?
Gets the kids to walk? Olivia2847

8:46am Mon 8 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

Get the kids in small organised local groups as they do at Chalkwell and Leigh and get them to walk, in the main the distances are small. If they are being driven to school perhaps they are in the wrong area?
Get the kids in small organised local groups as they do at Chalkwell and Leigh and get them to walk, in the main the distances are small. If they are being driven to school perhaps they are in the wrong area? Olivia2847

8:53am Mon 8 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

It's always been 'hell' for pedestrians trying to walk past that school when all the parents are hanging about outside in their cars, on the pavement for ages before school time finishes.

Get the cosseted little fatties to walk a bit further up the road, maybe even all the way home!
It's always been 'hell' for pedestrians trying to walk past that school when all the parents are hanging about outside in their cars, on the pavement for ages before school time finishes. Get the cosseted little fatties to walk a bit further up the road, maybe even all the way home! Eric Whim

8:59am Mon 8 Oct 12

v.randy says...

It's the same problem all over Southend.
Unless you have a brand new school built on green belt thus allowing a generous car park then you will always struggle .But then again parents don't help ,I seen some pretty dodgy parking in my time.And despite the continous reminders parents don't walk or park and walk but love dropping as near as possible ..they consider it a challenge.
It's the same problem all over Southend. Unless you have a brand new school built on green belt thus allowing a generous car park then you will always struggle .But then again parents don't help ,I seen some pretty dodgy parking in my time.And despite the continous reminders parents don't walk or park and walk but love dropping as near as possible ..they consider it a challenge. v.randy

9:06am Mon 8 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

Eric Whim wrote:
It's always been 'hell' for pedestrians trying to walk past that school when all the parents are hanging about outside in their cars, on the pavement for ages before school time finishes.

Get the cosseted little fatties to walk a bit further up the road, maybe even all the way home!
Just dropping off one child mostly?
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: It's always been 'hell' for pedestrians trying to walk past that school when all the parents are hanging about outside in their cars, on the pavement for ages before school time finishes. Get the cosseted little fatties to walk a bit further up the road, maybe even all the way home![/p][/quote]Just dropping off one child mostly? Olivia2847

9:28am Mon 8 Oct 12

Nebs says...

Park half a mile away and walk the last bit.
Park half a mile away and walk the last bit. Nebs

12:09pm Mon 8 Oct 12

v.randy says...

This will always happen unless the council gets tough and introduces tough rules.
Close the road to all traffic for 30 mins in the morning and afternoon.
Force the lardies out of their 4x4s and other benefit funded vehicles and let them waddle.
This will always happen unless the council gets tough and introduces tough rules. Close the road to all traffic for 30 mins in the morning and afternoon. Force the lardies out of their 4x4s and other benefit funded vehicles and let them waddle. v.randy

2:01pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

blame the Tory Council for selling off Markham's Chase for housing. Used to be a rasonable sized car park there everyone could use if they could be bothered to walk all the way across the road to the school and back while fetching the children

Don't forget to vote in the local elections.......
blame the Tory Council for selling off Markham's Chase for housing. Used to be a rasonable sized car park there everyone could use if they could be bothered to walk all the way across the road to the school and back while fetching the children Don't forget to vote in the local elections....... Eric Whim

2:05pm Mon 8 Oct 12

GentleGiant says...

Lazy parents!

Get the children to walk.

If they live too far away, then park a few streets away and walk from there.
Lazy parents! Get the children to walk. If they live too far away, then park a few streets away and walk from there. GentleGiant

3:08pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Basildon.lad.21 says...

Have they ever heard of legs? They able you to walk. If they walked instead of using their car then maybe none of this would happen. Anything to get in the paper.
Have they ever heard of legs? They able you to walk. If they walked instead of using their car then maybe none of this would happen. Anything to get in the paper. Basildon.lad.21

3:35pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

Basildon.lad.21 wrote:
Have they ever heard of legs? They able you to walk. If they walked instead of using their car then maybe none of this would happen. Anything to get in the paper.
mummy doesn't want them getting their shoes dirty
[quote][p][bold]Basildon.lad.21[/bold] wrote: Have they ever heard of legs? They able you to walk. If they walked instead of using their car then maybe none of this would happen. Anything to get in the paper.[/p][/quote]mummy doesn't want them getting their shoes dirty Eric Whim

3:35pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

Basildon.lad.21 wrote:
Have they ever heard of legs? They able you to walk. If they walked instead of using their car then maybe none of this would happen. Anything to get in the paper.
mummy doesn't want them getting their shoes dirty
[quote][p][bold]Basildon.lad.21[/bold] wrote: Have they ever heard of legs? They able you to walk. If they walked instead of using their car then maybe none of this would happen. Anything to get in the paper.[/p][/quote]mummy doesn't want them getting their shoes dirty Eric Whim

3:43pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Steve H says...

WALK!!!!!

If the parents have to get to the school extremely early to pick up their kids then they can't work that longer hours!
WALK!!!!! If the parents have to get to the school extremely early to pick up their kids then they can't work that longer hours! Steve H

3:55pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

Steve H wrote:
WALK!!!!! If the parents have to get to the school extremely early to pick up their kids then they can't work that longer hours!
they might have to miss the second half of Jeremy Kyle though....
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: WALK!!!!! If the parents have to get to the school extremely early to pick up their kids then they can't work that longer hours![/p][/quote]they might have to miss the second half of Jeremy Kyle though.... Eric Whim

4:58pm Mon 8 Oct 12

JH_123 says...

According to Google maps, Tyler Avenue is 400m away from Janet Duke school.

Not too far to walk is it?
According to Google maps, Tyler Avenue is 400m away from Janet Duke school. Not too far to walk is it? JH_123

5:34pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

that might as well be 400 miles for kids these days
that might as well be 400 miles for kids these days Eric Whim

6:55pm Mon 8 Oct 12

perini says...

A lot of parents are having to get to the school extremely early to get their children at the end of the school day and that simply isn’t fair.”
Why isn't it fair? You and nobody else decided to have children so live with it!
A lot of parents are having to get to the school extremely early to get their children at the end of the school day and that simply isn’t fair.” Why isn't it fair? You and nobody else decided to have children so live with it! perini

10:17pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Diannah says...

Parents are concerned that their children are at risk due to limited parking.

The only people the children are at risk from are the parents themselves who are in such a rush to dump and run that they cannot park safely.
Parents are concerned that their children are at risk due to limited parking. The only people the children are at risk from are the parents themselves who are in such a rush to dump and run that they cannot park safely. Diannah

10:20pm Mon 8 Oct 12

kedoyle says...

my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think
my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think kedoyle

2:06am Tue 9 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

kedoyle wrote:
my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think
Cross the road earlier before you get near the skool!
[quote][p][bold]kedoyle[/bold] wrote: my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think[/p][/quote]Cross the road earlier before you get near the skool! Olivia2847

3:46am Tue 9 Oct 12

domniki1 says...

All the remarks re walking, what about the parents that need to be at work at 9am on the dot, as many of us do work even in Basildon, so parking half a mile away then walking that simply means we would be late for work everyday.
All the remarks re walking, what about the parents that need to be at work at 9am on the dot, as many of us do work even in Basildon, so parking half a mile away then walking that simply means we would be late for work everyday. domniki1

8:15am Tue 9 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

domniki1 wrote:
All the remarks re walking, what about the parents that need to be at work at 9am on the dot, as many of us do work even in Basildon, so parking half a mile away then walking that simply means we would be late for work everyday.
What? ALL of the parents are working? Take the blinkers off! Find a parent who doesn't work and get them to walk them to school with the dog so and so they can cart all the scooters back after chatting at the school gates for an hour!
[quote][p][bold]domniki1[/bold] wrote: All the remarks re walking, what about the parents that need to be at work at 9am on the dot, as many of us do work even in Basildon, so parking half a mile away then walking that simply means we would be late for work everyday.[/p][/quote]What? ALL of the parents are working? Take the blinkers off! Find a parent who doesn't work and get them to walk them to school with the dog so and so they can cart all the scooters back after chatting at the school gates for an hour! Olivia2847

8:33am Tue 9 Oct 12

Steve H says...

kedoyle wrote:
my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think
Do they teach punctuation at Janet Duke?
[quote][p][bold]kedoyle[/bold] wrote: my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think[/p][/quote]Do they teach punctuation at Janet Duke? Steve H

8:38am Tue 9 Oct 12

domniki1 says...

I do not have blinkers on but I simply would not trust another parent to walk my child to school and pick her up again considering she is only six, you obviously are not a parent yourself, as you would then understand the joy that parents get dropping their kids off to school and picking them back up again.
I do not have blinkers on but I simply would not trust another parent to walk my child to school and pick her up again considering she is only six, you obviously are not a parent yourself, as you would then understand the joy that parents get dropping their kids off to school and picking them back up again. domniki1

8:58am Tue 9 Oct 12

GentleGiant says...

You need to have more trust then.

....and yes, I am a parent, but I do not fuss over my kids, they are growing up to be independent and not rely upon their mum and dad.

Many of these kids are probably old enough to walk themselves to school.

Do the school not provide walking buses? If not, why not?
You need to have more trust then. ....and yes, I am a parent, but I do not fuss over my kids, they are growing up to be independent and not rely upon their mum and dad. Many of these kids are probably old enough to walk themselves to school. Do the school not provide walking buses? If not, why not? GentleGiant

9:01am Tue 9 Oct 12

domniki1 says...

Do you really think 6 years old is old enough to walk 1 mile to school on their own, admittedly when they are older yes they can walk or get a bus, and i do not think any of my friends would be willing to walk to my house then pick my child up then walk the 1 mile to school and vice versa, there simply should be more parking assigned
Do you really think 6 years old is old enough to walk 1 mile to school on their own, admittedly when they are older yes they can walk or get a bus, and i do not think any of my friends would be willing to walk to my house then pick my child up then walk the 1 mile to school and vice versa, there simply should be more parking assigned domniki1

11:49am Tue 9 Oct 12

perini says...

domniki1 wrote:
Do you really think 6 years old is old enough to walk 1 mile to school on their own, admittedly when they are older yes they can walk or get a bus, and i do not think any of my friends would be willing to walk to my house then pick my child up then walk the 1 mile to school and vice versa, there simply should be more parking assigned
Just walk, and get up earlier! Yes - I do think a 6 year old is old enough to walk a mile to school especially with others.
[quote][p][bold]domniki1[/bold] wrote: Do you really think 6 years old is old enough to walk 1 mile to school on their own, admittedly when they are older yes they can walk or get a bus, and i do not think any of my friends would be willing to walk to my house then pick my child up then walk the 1 mile to school and vice versa, there simply should be more parking assigned[/p][/quote]Just walk, and get up earlier! Yes - I do think a 6 year old is old enough to walk a mile to school especially with others. perini

3:10pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

domniki1 wrote:
I do not have blinkers on but I simply would not trust another parent to walk my child to school and pick her up again considering she is only six, you obviously are not a parent yourself, as you would then understand the joy that parents get dropping their kids off to school and picking them back up again.
Not ANY parent - doesn't your child have any friends - oh joy -obviously not!
[quote][p][bold]domniki1[/bold] wrote: I do not have blinkers on but I simply would not trust another parent to walk my child to school and pick her up again considering she is only six, you obviously are not a parent yourself, as you would then understand the joy that parents get dropping their kids off to school and picking them back up again.[/p][/quote]Not ANY parent - doesn't your child have any friends - oh joy -obviously not! Olivia2847

10:43pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Trainman says...

Janet Duke School is in LAINDON, and most certainly NOT Basildon. I should know, as I was born in LAINDON, as well as attended Markhams Chase School, now renamed Janet Duke, in honour of this WONDERFUL Headmistress.

When I attended it, I WALKED from the top of Tyler Avenue, LAINDON, through Bluehouse Farm, and on to the school in LAINDON.

It is about TIME, the Echo checked their maps with regards as to WHERE different places are, so as to report the TRUE facts.
Janet Duke School is in LAINDON, and most certainly NOT Basildon. I should know, as I was born in LAINDON, as well as attended Markhams Chase School, now renamed Janet Duke, in honour of this WONDERFUL Headmistress. When I attended it, I WALKED from the top of Tyler Avenue, LAINDON, through Bluehouse Farm, and on to the school in LAINDON. It is about TIME, the Echo checked their maps with regards as to WHERE different places are, so as to report the TRUE facts. Trainman

4:58am Wed 10 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

Trainman wrote:
Janet Duke School is in LAINDON, and most certainly NOT Basildon. I should know, as I was born in LAINDON, as well as attended Markhams Chase School, now renamed Janet Duke, in honour of this WONDERFUL Headmistress.

When I attended it, I WALKED from the top of Tyler Avenue, LAINDON, through Bluehouse Farm, and on to the school in LAINDON.

It is about TIME, the Echo checked their maps with regards as to WHERE different places are, so as to report the TRUE facts.
I'm lost ......
[quote][p][bold]Trainman[/bold] wrote: Janet Duke School is in LAINDON, and most certainly NOT Basildon. I should know, as I was born in LAINDON, as well as attended Markhams Chase School, now renamed Janet Duke, in honour of this WONDERFUL Headmistress. When I attended it, I WALKED from the top of Tyler Avenue, LAINDON, through Bluehouse Farm, and on to the school in LAINDON. It is about TIME, the Echo checked their maps with regards as to WHERE different places are, so as to report the TRUE facts.[/p][/quote]I'm lost ...... Olivia2847

4:58am Wed 10 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

I've lost my way with this article!
I've lost my way with this article! Olivia2847

11:36am Wed 10 Oct 12

kedoyle says...

Olivia2847 wrote:
kedoyle wrote:
my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think
Cross the road earlier before you get near the skool!
for your information there is no where to cross near the school apart from where all the children cross and we are actually always there either 5mins early or bang on time
[quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kedoyle[/bold] wrote: my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think[/p][/quote]Cross the road earlier before you get near the skool![/p][/quote]for your information there is no where to cross near the school apart from where all the children cross and we are actually always there either 5mins early or bang on time kedoyle

11:39am Wed 10 Oct 12

kedoyle says...

Steve H wrote:
kedoyle wrote:
my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think
Do they teach punctuation at Janet Duke?
your funny!!!! NOT
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kedoyle[/bold] wrote: my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think[/p][/quote]Do they teach punctuation at Janet Duke?[/p][/quote]your funny!!!! NOT kedoyle

1:29pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

kedoyle wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
kedoyle wrote:
my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think
Cross the road earlier before you get near the skool!
for your information there is no where to cross near the school apart from where all the children cross and we are actually always there either 5mins early or bang on time
I don't believe you!
[quote][p][bold]kedoyle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kedoyle[/bold] wrote: my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think[/p][/quote]Cross the road earlier before you get near the skool![/p][/quote]for your information there is no where to cross near the school apart from where all the children cross and we are actually always there either 5mins early or bang on time[/p][/quote]I don't believe you! Olivia2847

1:29pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

kedoyle wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
kedoyle wrote:
my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think
Cross the road earlier before you get near the skool!
for your information there is no where to cross near the school apart from where all the children cross and we are actually always there either 5mins early or bang on time
I don't believe you!
[quote][p][bold]kedoyle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kedoyle[/bold] wrote: my children go to this school and i never drive but it takes us almost 10 minutes to cross the road just to get to the gates and to do this safely you teach children how to cross the road safely and most mornings you can not do this i have got my children to school early and still end up cutting it fine to get them in in time for the register cause it has taken us soo long to cross the road so before you pre judge us all just think[/p][/quote]Cross the road earlier before you get near the skool![/p][/quote]for your information there is no where to cross near the school apart from where all the children cross and we are actually always there either 5mins early or bang on time[/p][/quote]I don't believe you! Olivia2847

4:14pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

what about the poor mugs that have bought the huses directly opposite the School where the sport facility used to be?

I don't suppose the'd be too happy with al the parking half on the pavements with hordes of fat smoking parents hangig around for rotund little Chardonnay and DerWayne to get out of school....
what about the poor mugs that have bought the huses directly opposite the School where the sport facility used to be? I don't suppose the'd be too happy with al the parking half on the pavements with hordes of fat smoking parents hangig around for rotund little Chardonnay and DerWayne to get out of school.... Eric Whim

5:43pm Thu 11 Oct 12

APR says...

It's even worse when they turn up an hour early so as to be able to park close to the school entrance.
The leave the engine running to keep the heater or air con working.
It's even worse when they turn up an hour early so as to be able to park close to the school entrance. The leave the engine running to keep the heater or air con working. APR

5:48pm Thu 11 Oct 12

APR says...

Quote "..........Martin Saunders, from Tyler Avenue, says parents park their cars on the curbs all the way down the road ......"

I assume that should read ....Kerbs, not curbs ?
Quote "..........Martin Saunders, from Tyler Avenue, says parents park their cars on the curbs all the way down the road ......" I assume that should read ....Kerbs, not curbs ? APR

5:34am Wed 17 Oct 12

domniki1 says...

The point I ws trying to make was I live over a mile from school, none of my little girls friends live in the same area as us s we have moved and she still attends the same school, i have o be at work a 9am and therefore cannot work, i simply cannot believe there are so many nasty people about that have put nasty comments on about me and my family
The point I ws trying to make was I live over a mile from school, none of my little girls friends live in the same area as us s we have moved and she still attends the same school, i have o be at work a 9am and therefore cannot work, i simply cannot believe there are so many nasty people about that have put nasty comments on about me and my family domniki1

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