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Yellow lines put school kids at more risk
4:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
PARENTS pushing for road safety improvements outside a primary school say a new parking ban nearby is making matters worse.
They claim children are now more at risk outside Janet Duke Primary School, in Markhams Close, Basildon, because double yellow lines have appeared opposite the school.
Parents want a pedestrian crossing outside the school, warning an accident is likely soon.
Basildon’s local highways panel is carrying out a traffic survey in the road, but in the meantime South Essex Parking Partnership laid down double yellow lines near the school.
Dad James Tape, 35, of Dickens Drive, said: “It’s stopping 15 or 20 cars from parking and it has pushed a hell of a lot more vehicles along Markhams Chase, which is making it even more dangerous.”
Mr Tape added: “We have been pushing for a crossing on the main road but instead of them coming down here, they have done this.
“I can understand the residents don’t want to be opening their door to lots of cars, but the school was here before the homes.”
Neither the parking partnership, nor Essex County Council was able to comment on parents’ concerns.
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