'Chaotic' traffic near school sparks fears for children's safety
PUBLISHED: 10:17 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:49 15 May 2018
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Fears have been raised over children's safety amid the "chaotic" school rush outside Cuffley Primary School.
Several locals said “slanging matches” often erupt in Theobald’s Road and South Drive as parents jostle for position along the stretch – a problem some say is only worsening.
Theobald’s Road resident John Withley told the WHT: “It’s absolutely chaotic during school time and the other thing of course is the build up of traffic on the main road – they come around here as though they are on the M1.
“You have traffic waiting to get out and if you come in from one end of the road you can’t get to your house because of the cars piled up.”
Ernie Bunting, 96, also said it was “chaotic” during the school rush and said he was aware of the festering frustration.
In a letter seen by the WHT, local PCSO Deborah Rogers urged parents not to put children’s safety at risk by parking illegally.
She wrote: “I would ask you to ask yourself ‘how would I feel if my child was hurt because someone had parked on a double yellow or a zigzag and obscured the view of another motorist’, or ‘how would I feel if I hurt a child because of someone else’s parking’.”
Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council clerk Jason Grocock said that it has been trying to solve the problem alongside other authorities.
Possible solutions being considered include an enforceable one-way system, installing bollards and encouraging parents to park in nearby King George’s Playing Fields.
He said: “We have had incidents of parking on dropped kerbs so they [residents and parents] do get quite irate and tempers get rather frayed, bordering on slanging matches.
“It has been going on for some time and we are trying to find a solution.”
Pat Andrew, who had four children go to Cuffley School, said the stretch was dangerous when parents try to navigate it during rush hour, but added the situation was no different to any other road near a school.
Cuffley School’s headteacher Wendy Wing said: “Although parking is not within the jurisdiction of the school, we are fully aware of the issues and we work with the local community, parish council and the police to improve the situation.”