A close shave at Little Parndon Primary, as safety barrier is torn down by careless driver

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SAFETY barriers outside the gates to Little Parndon Primary School, Harlow, have been wrecked by a car just before the recent half-term.

The academy sits on a bend within the one-point-one mile Hodings Road, leading to a challenging safe-crossing pursuit for those accessing the site, with concern from staff and parents having built-up over the years.

Cars have been known to pass at speed and more than a mile of the road is without a safe crossing spot to access the school. Now, the community is coming together to encourage the authorities to reconsider, after a past assessment of the site resulted in Essex Highways stating that it did not meet the necessary criteria to invest in a zebra crossing or other road safety measures. A petition is currently believed to have upwards of 800 signatures, with the support of 1,000 needed before it can be considered.

Headteacher, Mark Evans, confirms: “We are very concerned about the traffic and road safety issues outside Little Parndon Primary Academy. We would welcome a review by Essex County Council in relation to the installation of traffic calming measures, for example, a pedestrian crossing outside the school,” which has support from local ward councillors, Jean Clark and Chris Vince, who agree with this statement.

Parent, Chloe Mordecai, began the petition and explains the problem: “There are numerous crossing gaps and spaces, but they are at blind spots and often have cars parked on them which makes it impossible for adults, let alone children, to cross safely. As a concerned parent, I would just like the comfort of knowing my children have got to school safely and not have the panic of rushing across the road, squeezed between parked cars in the hope a car doesn’t turn that corner before they notice.”

Mordecai is counting on readers to register their support via a ‘Change.org’ signature registration: tinyurl.com/LPcrossing

Our photo shows the significant damage to the gate and protrusion onto the pavement.

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Callum Wells

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