Angry mums carrying buggies over car bonnets outside Dartford school

News Shopper: Mother-of-two Nicola Taylor, 26, from Dartford, said 'something drastic needs to happen" for the council to act. Mother-of-two Nicola Taylor, 26, from Dartford, said 'something drastic needs to happen" for the council to act.

ANGRY mothers have revealed they are being forced to carry buggies over car bonnets just to get their children into school.

Oakfield Community Primary School in Oakfield Lane, Dartford is experiencing ongoing parking problems with parents parking on the yellow lines and the crossing outside the school.

Annoyed parents have complained to the school and Dartford Council calling for measures to be put in place to stop this happening.

Mother-of-two Nicola Taylor, 26, from Dartford, said 'something drastic needs to happen" for the council to act.

She said: "The cars are parked so far over the footpath that I have to carry my buggy over their bonnets to get passed.

"Its a ridiculous situation. Children have nearly been hit, the parents driving don’t seem to care for the pedestrians - be it parents or children.

"The school has been battling to get the council to do something but it seems like something drastic needs to happen for them to act."

Jenny Mount, 40, of Cedar Road, Dartford, added: "I’ve got a little boy in reception and it does hinder us as the cars park so close.

"My little boy has hit his head on car wing mirrors twice now.

"I've even been bumped by a car pulling in. People park where they want, there’s no respect for anyone. It’s so dangerous, it’s getting silly now."

Dawn Funge, head of school, told the News Shopper: "We’ve tried to resolve this on numerous occasions.

"We have contacted PCSOs who have spoken to parents about their inconsiderate parking.

"We have been in touch with the council and as a school there is not a lot more we can do. It’s a difficult situation."

Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Council, said: "A number of schools report that some people seem to forget the basics of safe parking when it comes to the school run.

"I have a great deal of sympathy for schools who have an overriding desire to keep their kids safe.

"Having tried both the carrot and stick over the years it sadly seems that only the stick might prove effective.

"We have proposed introducing camera technology for use exclusively outside schools but this itself raises lots of issues and it's important we retain the support and approval of both schools and the vast majority of parents.

"I hate to see the use of cameras just to generate cash from motorists but the roads outside schools are one place where they may be the right solution.

"In the meantime though, people parking around schools really have to take responsibility for their actions and think about the consequences of an accident they might be responsible for."

Although not directly responsible for the situation, a Kent County Council spokesman added: "We are aware of the problems at Oakfield Community Primary School.

"We are currently running a trial with schools in Dartford and Gravesend to make the children aware of the problems and make them part of the campaign.

"We have sent out leaflets and a DVD with sample letters schools can send out to parents and different ideas of how they can raise awareness.

"If a school wants help we are here and trying to help."

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4:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Kent007 says...

The problem is NOT ONLY OUTSIDE the school. Parents park all the way up the hill too, including over people's driveways and on the chevron markings on the corner, partly put there to stop people parking so that residents can see as they try to get out of their drives on a dangerous bend.
Have the school considered staggered leaving times for the classes so that there isn't such a build up?
The problem is NOT ONLY OUTSIDE the school. Parents park all the way up the hill too, including over people's driveways and on the chevron markings on the corner, partly put there to stop people parking so that residents can see as they try to get out of their drives on a dangerous bend. Have the school considered staggered leaving times for the classes so that there isn't such a build up? Kent007
  • Score: 14

7:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

madras says...

Never mind PCSOs 'speaking to the parents' issue some tickets!
Never mind PCSOs 'speaking to the parents' issue some tickets! madras
  • Score: 27

9:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Marty1979 says...

If more restrictions are put in place expect another protests from the mums who can't park there jeeps outside the school (little darlings can't walk in case they get abducted etc)
If more restrictions are put in place expect another protests from the mums who can't park there jeeps outside the school (little darlings can't walk in case they get abducted etc) Marty1979
  • Score: 15

11:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

LouiseReg says...

Why don't people walk to school like my parents walked us to school, in the olden days people would have to walk miles to school, as ther was not any buses, in snow, rain etc, so why can't they do it today
Why don't people walk to school like my parents walked us to school, in the olden days people would have to walk miles to school, as ther was not any buses, in snow, rain etc, so why can't they do it today LouiseReg
  • Score: 18

1:18am Wed 26 Feb 14

ISaidThis says...

LouiseReg wrote:
Why don't people walk to school like my parents walked us to school, in the olden days people would have to walk miles to school, as ther was not any buses, in snow, rain etc, so why can't they do it today
Probably because they run the risk of being run over on the pavement by selfish motorists.
[quote][p][bold]LouiseReg[/bold] wrote: Why don't people walk to school like my parents walked us to school, in the olden days people would have to walk miles to school, as ther was not any buses, in snow, rain etc, so why can't they do it today[/p][/quote]Probably because they run the risk of being run over on the pavement by selfish motorists. ISaidThis
  • Score: 6

8:28am Wed 26 Feb 14

Slonik says...

Perhaps those who constantly whine about parking enforcement would care to explain how they'd suggest problems like this are tackled? I reckon the vast majority of tickets are issued to people who choose to park illegally and inconsiderately NOT people who're 2 mins. late back from hospital appointments and the like. There are plenty of safe parking spaces within 2 mins walk of our local primary yet the same lazy parents pitch up every morning, park on pavements/zigzags, block driveways, obstruct junctions etc. in a mad scramble to get as close to the school gates as possible. Can't have it both ways folks - if we're going to tackle problems like these, enforcement is essential but just wait for a plethora of pathetic moans from angry and disgruntled parents when their vehicles start getting ticketed. Can't park right outside school? Well get up 5 mins, earlier, park a bit further away and use your legs...
Perhaps those who constantly whine about parking enforcement would care to explain how they'd suggest problems like this are tackled? I reckon the vast majority of tickets are issued to people who choose to park illegally and inconsiderately NOT people who're 2 mins. late back from hospital appointments and the like. There are plenty of safe parking spaces within 2 mins walk of our local primary yet the same lazy parents pitch up every morning, park on pavements/zigzags, block driveways, obstruct junctions etc. in a mad scramble to get as close to the school gates as possible. Can't have it both ways folks - if we're going to tackle problems like these, enforcement is essential but just wait for a plethora of pathetic moans from angry and disgruntled parents when their vehicles start getting ticketed. Can't park right outside school? Well get up 5 mins, earlier, park a bit further away and use your legs... Slonik
  • Score: 22

3:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

fairkarma says...

All schools are in catchment areas which means for 'local' children surely, why are these lazy parents driving their kids to school, give them all tickets perhaps they will think again about parking so dangerously and selfishly. I've lost count on how many times I've 'accidently' scratched someones vehicle whilst trying to squeeze by them.
All schools are in catchment areas which means for 'local' children surely, why are these lazy parents driving their kids to school, give them all tickets perhaps they will think again about parking so dangerously and selfishly. I've lost count on how many times I've 'accidently' scratched someones vehicle whilst trying to squeeze by them. fairkarma
  • Score: 10

3:21pm Wed 26 Feb 14

reasonable75 says...

LouiseReg wrote:
Why don't people walk to school like my parents walked us to school, in the olden days people would have to walk miles to school, as ther was not any buses, in snow, rain etc, so why can't they do it today
WALK ?????

How dare you suggest that - parents all want a space immediately outside the school to park (isn't that what zig-zags are for?)

Worst at the end of the day, they need to park (usually 4x4s) as near as possible so they can stand & chat

Sod everyone else
[quote][p][bold]LouiseReg[/bold] wrote: Why don't people walk to school like my parents walked us to school, in the olden days people would have to walk miles to school, as ther was not any buses, in snow, rain etc, so why can't they do it today[/p][/quote]WALK ????? How dare you suggest that - parents all want a space immediately outside the school to park (isn't that what zig-zags are for?) Worst at the end of the day, they need to park (usually 4x4s) as near as possible so they can stand & chat Sod everyone else reasonable75
  • Score: 15

3:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Lols says...

Mums are always angry!
The NS loves an 'angry mum' story.
Yawn.
Mums are always angry! The NS loves an 'angry mum' story. Yawn. Lols
  • Score: 5

6:50pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Angry Mothers, you could do a page on that theme NS, something like Readers Wives.

THAnk yoU
Angry Mothers, you could do a page on that theme NS, something like Readers Wives. THAnk yoU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -15

12:57pm Thu 27 Feb 14

DinoFish says...

This is a problem faced by many Schools and I've never seen any one solution work.

First of all this generally applies to a minority of Parents, the vast majority will automatically live within walking distance because of catchment areas.

Of the minority who drive then some will have a genuine reason (Disabled, elderly relatives, etc.) so any solution needs to account for these.

I think that one of the comments already mentions that there is usally parking within 5 minutes walk of a School, tie this in with the Healthy Living push and everyones a winner.

And naturally the whole thing can pay for itself by extending the zig-zag/yellow lines outside Schools and issuing tickets!
This is a problem faced by many Schools and I've never seen any one solution work. First of all this generally applies to a minority of Parents, the vast majority will automatically live within walking distance because of catchment areas. Of the minority who drive then some will have a genuine reason (Disabled, elderly relatives, etc.) so any solution needs to account for these. I think that one of the comments already mentions that there is usally parking within 5 minutes walk of a School, tie this in with the Healthy Living push and everyones a winner. And naturally the whole thing can pay for itself by extending the zig-zag/yellow lines outside Schools and issuing tickets! DinoFish
  • Score: 2

11:11am Mon 3 Mar 14

cookster says...

Exactly this - hit them in the pockets, I'm sure their hubbies will have a quiet word with them then.
Exactly this - hit them in the pockets, I'm sure their hubbies will have a quiet word with them then. cookster
  • Score: 1

8:50pm Tue 4 Mar 14

anonperson says...

Parent at this school.... maybe if the staff didnt take up the parking spaces outside the school then there would be extra spaces for parents to park and the fact we dont have crossing patrol in the morning doesnt help..... school needa to do there bit too
Parent at this school.... maybe if the staff didnt take up the parking spaces outside the school then there would be extra spaces for parents to park and the fact we dont have crossing patrol in the morning doesnt help..... school needa to do there bit too anonperson
  • Score: 0

12:49pm Thu 6 Mar 14

DinoFish says...

anonperson wrote:
Parent at this school.... maybe if the staff didnt take up the parking spaces outside the school then there would be extra spaces for parents to park and the fact we dont have crossing patrol in the morning doesnt help..... school needa to do there bit too
Valid point......if you want everyone to walk then there needs to be a proper crossing, ideally with supervision.

If there's only just enough parking for the School Staff (who often travel from far further afield than the Pupils and their Parents) then clearly there's a bigger issue here.

This sounds like there needs to be multiple approaches/solutions discussed and trialle dto see what works best. Needs the Schoool, Council, local residents and parents all equally involved.
[quote][p][bold]anonperson[/bold] wrote: Parent at this school.... maybe if the staff didnt take up the parking spaces outside the school then there would be extra spaces for parents to park and the fact we dont have crossing patrol in the morning doesnt help..... school needa to do there bit too[/p][/quote]Valid point......if you want everyone to walk then there needs to be a proper crossing, ideally with supervision. If there's only just enough parking for the School Staff (who often travel from far further afield than the Pupils and their Parents) then clearly there's a bigger issue here. This sounds like there needs to be multiple approaches/solutions discussed and trialle dto see what works best. Needs the Schoool, Council, local residents and parents all equally involved. DinoFish
  • Score: 0

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