PARKING marshalls will be put in place to assist Southend residents due to see an influx of traffic and parked cars, as parents flood down to schools for this year’s 11 Plus exam.

The 11 Plus test will take place on the morning of September 22 at Southend High for Girls, Southend High for Boys, Westcliff High School for Boys, Westcliff High School for Boys, Shoeburyness High School, St. Bernard’s High School and St. Thomas More High school. 

The plan is down to Southend Borough council who want to ensure that those parking on local roads are doing so safely and considerately.

There will be parking along the eastern side of Middlesex Avenue in Westcliff, along other local streets and ta many of the schools themselves.

To prevent inconsiderate parking such as parking across driveways, the council has agreed to close Suffolk Avenue, Surrey Avenue, Kent Avenue and Norfolk Avenue from 7 am – 2 pm to non-residents.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders have also been obtained.

Councillor James Courtenay, deputy leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council said, “We are expecting an influx of vehicles around these schools on the morning of the 11 plus examination, and our planned road closures will help cars move around the areas. They aim to avoid issues around inconsiderate parking across private driveways and in other inappropriate areas.

“I advise pupils to arrive early, to consider public transport options, and if their parents/carers need to park, then to plan their options ahead of time, so they can arrive fresh and ready to give their best.

“I would like to wish everyone, and especially Southend’s pupils, the very best of Luck.”

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