Parked cars at Darlington school 'putting lives at risk'

A PENSIONER claims parents are putting lives at risk at a Darlington school by driving on paths and blocking driveways.

Henry Beaumont said people dropping off and picking up pupils at The Education Village, in Salters Lane South, are causing residents misery by obstructing vehicles and damaging grass verges.

The 65-year-old, of Dunelm Walk, said he has witnessed parents using their cars on footpaths during busy periods.

A spokeswoman for The Education Village said they have received no reports of the problem, but confirmed it would inform parents of residents’ concerns.

Mr Beaumont, a retired motor trade worker, said: “It’s dangerous and some of them are going on the path and could kill someone.

“If they can’t get through on the road, they will use the paths and verges.

“They make such a mess and the grass verges are chewed up by the cars and look disgraceful.

“At one point, a disabled lady had to wait in her car in the street because someone had parked over her driveway.

“It’s getting worse and the council need to put up bollards to stop people parking on the verges and in front of drives.”

A spokeswoman for The Education Village said it would highlight the problem to parents attending Springfield Academy in its newsletter.

She said: “Richard Gartland, headteacher of Springfield Academy, and everyone at the school is committed to making sure residents are not affected and want to help the best we can.

“We completely empathise with what residents have said, and will tell parents to be more mindful.”

Darlington Borough Council confirmed concerns had been raised in Dunelm Walk, but said any issues over vehicles causing obstructions should be referred to the police.

A spokeswoman said: “We have been out to the street to take a look at damage caused to grass verges by cars and whilst there is damage, the verges do not as yet need to be repaired.”

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8:06pm Sat 12 Jan 13

stiv says...

the parking and pick up areas could have been better, as could have most of the recent constructions and layouts in the borough. do we always have to take the cheapest option.
the parking and pick up areas could have been better, as could have most of the recent constructions and layouts in the borough. do we always have to take the cheapest option. stiv
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9:26am Sun 13 Jan 13

oliviaden6 says...

Alas yes the cheapest option always seems to fit as far as councils go.Got to meet the inflated wages and expense accounts of the managers first, the voters and public seem to be pushed back to the last resort all the time.
Alas yes the cheapest option always seems to fit as far as councils go.Got to meet the inflated wages and expense accounts of the managers first, the voters and public seem to be pushed back to the last resort all the time. oliviaden6
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10:35am Sun 13 Jan 13

miketually says...

Such a shame the kids/parents aren't able to walk.
Such a shame the kids/parents aren't able to walk. miketually
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10:59am Sun 13 Jan 13

Mike2012 says...

miketually wrote:
Such a shame the kids/parents aren't able to walk.
Completely agree! Reid Street School is a nightmare to cross with a child, parents could'nt care less where they stop to drop their kids off, traffic wardens are only there once a week, at most.
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Such a shame the kids/parents aren't able to walk.[/p][/quote]Completely agree! Reid Street School is a nightmare to cross with a child, parents could'nt care less where they stop to drop their kids off, traffic wardens are only there once a week, at most. Mike2012
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7:01pm Sun 13 Jan 13

miketually says...

I'd always thought the school run traffic chaos around schools was an exaggerated myth, until I rode past Dodmire school at closing time a few years ago. It was chaos. Shocking.

There should be signs up around schools indication from where it's a five minute walk and asking parents not to drive any nearer. (I think they did this around a secondary school in Durham?) This would spread out the dropping off and picking up.
I'd always thought the school run traffic chaos around schools was an exaggerated myth, until I rode past Dodmire school at closing time a few years ago. It was chaos. Shocking. There should be signs up around schools indication from where it's a five minute walk and asking parents not to drive any nearer. (I think they did this around a secondary school in Durham?) This would spread out the dropping off and picking up. miketually
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9:24pm Sun 13 Jan 13

just__me says...

I live opposite a Darlington Primary School, parents park up 20-30 mins early, and sit and read the paper,(ignoring their children bouncing around in the back) just to ensure they have prime spot and don't have to walk the slightest distance, the same at the end of the day. Cars are driven over verges, bounce up onto the path, breaking the paving stones and blocking anyone who wants to get past. And if you dare to try to get off your own drive, well, if looks could kill!!
I live opposite a Darlington Primary School, parents park up 20-30 mins early, and sit and read the paper,(ignoring their children bouncing around in the back) just to ensure they have prime spot and don't have to walk the slightest distance, the same at the end of the day. Cars are driven over verges, bounce up onto the path, breaking the paving stones and blocking anyone who wants to get past. And if you dare to try to get off your own drive, well, if looks could kill!! just__me
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10:10pm Sun 13 Jan 13

WithRespect341 says...

If it's absolutely essential that these kids need driving everywhere how about patents/carers park in Asda and await their children?? Surely the pupils could manage 400 yards on foot. In point of fact I bet some of them who get collected in vehicles live within 400 yards of the school......
If it's absolutely essential that these kids need driving everywhere how about patents/carers park in Asda and await their children?? Surely the pupils could manage 400 yards on foot. In point of fact I bet some of them who get collected in vehicles live within 400 yards of the school...... WithRespect341
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10:31pm Sun 13 Jan 13

darlobikegirl says...

The Education Village are LIARS! As a (thankfully) now ex-parent of this school, I complained about these dangers numerous times & all that ever happened was a half hearted, 2 line "warning" in a newsletter that probably went straight in the bin by most parents.
Nobody listened & nobody cared.
The Education Village are LIARS! As a (thankfully) now ex-parent of this school, I complained about these dangers numerous times & all that ever happened was a half hearted, 2 line "warning" in a newsletter that probably went straight in the bin by most parents. Nobody listened & nobody cared. darlobikegirl
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