Child knocked down in Clay Hill Road, Basildon, outside Kingswood Infant and Junior School

Echo: Emergency services rushed to Clays Hill Road in Basildon, outside Kingswood Infant and Junior School Emergency services rushed to Clays Hill Road in Basildon, outside Kingswood Infant and Junior School

CALLS have been made to make a busy road safer after a schoolgirl was knocked down by a car.

Emergency services rushed to Clays Hill Road in Basildon, outside Kingswood Infant and Junior School, at 9am on Friday after onlookers reported the girl ran out across the road in front of a car.

Paramedics treated the girl at the scene.

It is thought she only sustained minor injuries.

The accident has raised serious concerns over the safety of children and parents who are often seen crossing the road, despite there being a footbridge and a crossing nearby.

Local taxi driver Ralph Morgan said: “This was an accident waiting to happen.

“Loads of parents just park up on the road and just let their kids out to run across. It’s crazy.

“There is a footbridge and a crossing right there and people just don’t use it.

“This issue has been raised before so I’m not surprised an accident has happened.”

Andrew Gordon, Labour councillor for Nethermayne ward, said he would be speaking to Essex County Council about safety improvements.

He said: “I’m glad the girl is okay but this is a worry.

“The girl’s mother must have petrified. If this is happening then something needs to be done because at the end of the day if people are getting hurt then this is not acceptable practice.

“We have a similar thing happening at Lee Chapel School where parents just park up causing a backlog up the road which creates a dangerous situation.

“Often people feel that nothing is done until something like this happens, but that cannot be the case.

“It’s my job to get the facts together and speak to Essex County Council about what can be done.”

A spokesman from the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We were called just before 9am to reports that a car and a pedestrian collided.

“Ambulance crews attended and treated the female casualty who was thought to be a child.

“She only sustained minor injuries and after being assessed by crews she was discharged at the scene.”

Kingswood Infant and Junior School refused to comment.

Essex County Council said: "In Clay Hill Road there is a pedestrian crossing and a footbridge available to enable safer crossing of the road and we would encourage pedestrians to use these. 

"Essex County Council's Road Safety officers provide countywide road safety training in schools and are due to be visiting this particular school soon."

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7:36am Tue 21 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Local taxi driver Ralph Morgan said: “This was an accident waiting to happen.

“Loads of parents just park up on the road and just let their kids out to run across. It’s crazy.

“There is a footbridge and a crossing right there and people just don’t use it.
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yup sounds like every other school...lazy ar$ed parents who can't walk more than 30 paces they seemed programmed to park as close to the gates as possible anywhere they can get their car in, or just let the kids out and cross on their own because they just sit in the car smoking or playing on the phone, park 1 mile away if need be and walk your children in safely, whats a matter with some people..? nothing will change with some.
Local taxi driver Ralph Morgan said: “This was an accident waiting to happen. “Loads of parents just park up on the road and just let their kids out to run across. It’s crazy. “There is a footbridge and a crossing right there and people just don’t use it. ______________ yup sounds like every other school...lazy ar$ed parents who can't walk more than 30 paces they seemed programmed to park as close to the gates as possible anywhere they can get their car in, or just let the kids out and cross on their own because they just sit in the car smoking or playing on the phone, park 1 mile away if need be and walk your children in safely, whats a matter with some people..? nothing will change with some. DogsMessInLeigh

9:24am Tue 21 Jan 14

flapjack says...

This was my local school, we would always use the bridge to cross the road, how times have changed, just hope the little one is ok and gets back to school pretty quick, maybe the school will have something to say to the parents on this matter
This was my local school, we would always use the bridge to cross the road, how times have changed, just hope the little one is ok and gets back to school pretty quick, maybe the school will have something to say to the parents on this matter flapjack

9:28am Tue 21 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

I hope the poor child is not too badly injured and recovers quickly.

I also hope that the driver involved is ok too and ot overly traumatised by hitting this child from what appears to be no fault of their own.

This incident emphasisss the need for children to be taught not to run into the riad and to have what used to be called the green cross code drummed into them. Also parents need to take a longhard think about what sort of message they are giving out by not using thd footbridge and/or crossing in order to cross the road.

Finally, parents on the school run need to be more responsible regarding where they park when dropping off/picking up their children. A walk of a few hundred yards to a safely, sensibly and responsubly parked vehicle won't hurt you or the children. If ut's a time constraint - leave earlier!

After all it is your children that are at risk here
I hope the poor child is not too badly injured and recovers quickly. I also hope that the driver involved is ok too and ot overly traumatised by hitting this child from what appears to be no fault of their own. This incident emphasisss the need for children to be taught not to run into the riad and to have what used to be called the green cross code drummed into them. Also parents need to take a longhard think about what sort of message they are giving out by not using thd footbridge and/or crossing in order to cross the road. Finally, parents on the school run need to be more responsible regarding where they park when dropping off/picking up their children. A walk of a few hundred yards to a safely, sensibly and responsubly parked vehicle won't hurt you or the children. If ut's a time constraint - leave earlier! After all it is your children that are at risk here Howard Cháse

9:46am Tue 21 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"Andrew Gordon, Labour councillor for Nethermayne ward, said he would be speaking to Essex County Council about safety improvements. "

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save your breath mate.....theres a road crossing and a footbridge crossing already there for people to use, its educating the parents that need addressing.
"Andrew Gordon, Labour councillor for Nethermayne ward, said he would be speaking to Essex County Council about safety improvements. " _______ save your breath mate.....theres a road crossing and a footbridge crossing already there for people to use, its educating the parents that need addressing. DogsMessInLeigh

10:03am Tue 21 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

"...Essex County Council said: "In Clay Hill Road there is a pedestrian crossing and a footbridge available to enable safer crossing of the road and we would encourage pedestrians to use these. "


So what's the problem? People really need to take personal responsibility instead of adopting the culture of blame. People scream and shout but when there is a solution to the problem already there why not just use it?

I hope the girl makes a complete recovery and that the responsible adults around her will encourage her to make use of the footbridge or crossing.

And the FIRST thing a parent does when showing a child how to cross the road is to teach them NOT to run out in front of cars.

This is all down to common sense.
"...Essex County Council said: "In Clay Hill Road there is a pedestrian crossing and a footbridge available to enable safer crossing of the road and we would encourage pedestrians to use these. " So what's the problem? People really need to take personal responsibility instead of adopting the culture of blame. People scream and shout but when there is a solution to the problem already there why not just use it? I hope the girl makes a complete recovery and that the responsible adults around her will encourage her to make use of the footbridge or crossing. And the FIRST thing a parent does when showing a child how to cross the road is to teach them NOT to run out in front of cars. This is all down to common sense. Kim Gandy

10:49am Tue 21 Jan 14

flapjack says...

it would be good to see the two head teachers outside the school in the morning and afternoon with the Police saftey officer drumming it in to the parents who think that they are untouchable and not at fault
it would be good to see the two head teachers outside the school in the morning and afternoon with the Police saftey officer drumming it in to the parents who think that they are untouchable and not at fault flapjack

11:02am Tue 21 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Finally kids can do stupid things and this seems to be one of them. Dont overeact and spend millions putting up fences on both sides of the road - I can see the paranoia health and safety - just live with it...
Finally kids can do stupid things and this seems to be one of them. Dont overeact and spend millions putting up fences on both sides of the road - I can see the paranoia health and safety - just live with it... Jack222

12:08pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Jack222 wrote:
Finally kids can do stupid things and this seems to be one of them. Dont overeact and spend millions putting up fences on both sides of the road - I can see the paranoia health and safety - just live with it...
Include dummy parents in that too.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Finally kids can do stupid things and this seems to be one of them. Dont overeact and spend millions putting up fences on both sides of the road - I can see the paranoia health and safety - just live with it...[/p][/quote]Include dummy parents in that too. DogsMessInLeigh

6:13pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Benefit-Scrounger says...

Crossing a road is common sense. I've safely crossed the A127 before on both sides jumping over the central reservation inbetween. I never use footbridges because I can't be asked to walk up them and takes longer.
Crossing a road is common sense. I've safely crossed the A127 before on both sides jumping over the central reservation inbetween. I never use footbridges because I can't be asked to walk up them and takes longer. Benefit-Scrounger

6:47pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Benefit-Scrounger wrote:
Crossing a road is common sense. I've safely crossed the A127 before on both sides jumping over the central reservation inbetween. I never use footbridges because I can't be asked to walk up them and takes longer.
Brains aren't really your strong point are they?
[quote][p][bold]Benefit-Scrounger[/bold] wrote: Crossing a road is common sense. I've safely crossed the A127 before on both sides jumping over the central reservation inbetween. I never use footbridges because I can't be asked to walk up them and takes longer.[/p][/quote]Brains aren't really your strong point are they? Kim Gandy

9:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Benefit-Scrounger says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Benefit-Scrounger wrote:
Crossing a road is common sense. I've safely crossed the A127 before on both sides jumping over the central reservation inbetween. I never use footbridges because I can't be asked to walk up them and takes longer.
Brains aren't really your strong point are they?
And what makes you think that? You contradict yourself Kimberley. You have said in the pass other people shouldn't judge me without even knowing me. I'm Infact very clever when it comes to criminal operations. Got the personality to manipulate people, fool people etc. I'm as cool as you like. That's why I'm a successful 'businessman' in my own right. I just claim off the state to add a bit of extra pound to my bank account. Simple.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Benefit-Scrounger[/bold] wrote: Crossing a road is common sense. I've safely crossed the A127 before on both sides jumping over the central reservation inbetween. I never use footbridges because I can't be asked to walk up them and takes longer.[/p][/quote]Brains aren't really your strong point are they?[/p][/quote]And what makes you think that? You contradict yourself Kimberley. You have said in the pass other people shouldn't judge me without even knowing me. I'm Infact very clever when it comes to criminal operations. Got the personality to manipulate people, fool people etc. I'm as cool as you like. That's why I'm a successful 'businessman' in my own right. I just claim off the state to add a bit of extra pound to my bank account. Simple. Benefit-Scrounger

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