It appears that a child was hit by a car today outside St Phillips school as school turned out. Never wanted to write this ever, but I am sure consciousness will now be raised a bit more about the danger of parking outside the school and traffic congestion.
I was invited by a parent to visit St Philip's School at evening turn out time. What I found amazed me.
First that the road layout, the faded street signs and the width restriction all helped to create a dangerous street scene for parents and children.
Second I was amazed that parents parked on the yellow lines and then went into the school to collect their children.
Third, I watched incredulous that a taxi parked across the pavement whilst it waited to collect children - forcing everyone who passed to go into the road.
Then there was the cement lorry that came down Vinery Road from Coldhams Lane. This lorry could not negotiate the width restriction and had to do a three point turn outside the school.
All this is apparently a typical day when 300 children and parents exit the school at the end of the day.
I spoke to the headmistress who recognised the problem but despite pleas with parents had not been able to improve the situation.
I resolved to try to do something about this. My first port of call was a County Officer and today (24-3-2015) I returned with the County Officer and witnessed a similar street scene. Apart from the continued illegal parking by parents and taxis on double yellow lines, and a yellow van parked fully across the yellow hatching for the school, we also witnessed two cars go the wrong way down the one way street that is the end of Vinery Road. At least two vehicles did a three point turn in the area outside of the school and we both tensed as one vehicle reversed towards children crossing the road.
I am hoping that the yellow lines will be refreshed, that the signs warning of a width restriction and the no entry signs to Vinery Road will be made clearer and that parents will recognise the danger they are putting children in when they so obviously flout the law.
What follows are some more pictures from the area adjacent to the school and some of people travelling the wrong way down a one way street.
Wrong way up a one way street.
Where St Philips Road turns left at the school the road is one way and this is another cause for concern at school times when vehicles ignore the signs and travel against the flow.
I hope that parents will heed my request not to add to the danger at St Philip's School