Loughton School : an observation of the morning school run

The Parish Council recently received a complaint from a local resident about school drop off parking.

The resident complained :-

“The bends on Bradwell Road heading towards Linceslade Grove are generally parked up on both sides – gridlock ensued last week when a lorry was heading towards the School!

The car parks on either side of Bradwell Road are regarded by a not inconsiderable few as a second choice to parking on the pavements either side of the car parks, presumable to give a quicker getaway than the car parks. On Monday drop off there were around a dozen free parking spaces and yet four cars parked on the pavement. I have heard anecdotal complaint that when PCSOs / PCs have been at the school they have merely observed – no education and certainly no tickets. “

We discussed the problem in the full Parish Council meeting on Monday 16th October 2017 and I proposed to go down to observe the problem.

I chose the morning of Thursday 19th October because the weather forecast was for rain around the morning school drop off time and therefore I expected to see the problem at its worst.

I arrived at about 8.15am and stood near the junction of Bradwell Road where it meets Ashpole Furlong/Paynes Drive. The school gates open at about 8.30am, the doors or the school open at 8.40am and I think school starts around 8.50am.

It was cloudy and there was very light drizzle. It was quite grey so most cars still had their lights on as it seemed dark and gloomy.

From 8.15am until about 8.35am my impression was everything was going quite ok. The traffic was busy and moving with lots of bicycles, pedestrians and cars. It was busy but not gridlocked. There were lots of children of all ages making their way to Loughton and Denbigh schools. Some were on their own, some with parents, and some accompanied by young pre-school siblings.

At 8.35am, things noticeably changed and there was then what I would describe as a “mad 10 minutes”. A number of cars started to park on the pavement around the car park areas near where I was standing (on Bradwell Rd near the j/w Paynes Drive). One car parked on the zig zag lines in Paynes Drive

A Mercedes parked on the pavement – rather than using the car park – potentially forcing pedestrians into the road

A Nissan parking on the zig zag lines near Paynes Drive

A VW parked on the pavement – outside the car park

The owner of a BMW parked on the pavement outside the car park also. I offered the driver a leaflet from the Parish Council asking drivers to be considerate, which she initially refused to take. She was busy accompanying her daughter into the school and verbally abused me in front of her young child.

Another driver had parked right on the junction of Bradwell Rd and Ashpole Furlong – part on the pavement. When I spoke to that driver and pointed out that he was both blocking the pavement and creating a potential hazard for pedestrians crossing the road, and might be better to use the vacant space in the car park, he informed me he had paid his car tax and was therefore entitled to park where he liked!

By 8.50am the “moment of madness” had passed and serenity resumed.

My overall impression was that the complaint made by the resident about the parking of parents of the school making the drop-off was entirely justified. It seems parents were arriving at school at the last moment and trying to drop off their children in a great hurry and were not willing to try to consider parking in the car park but felt entitled to park on the pavements and/or close to the junctions. They seemed to be so focused on trying to do the school run in the minimum time that they were not really thinking about the safety of pedestrians, including particularly vulnerable road users, and young children.

It might help if some “no parking on the pavement” boards were erected just before the school run as well as some signs reminding parents of the importance of enabling young children to get to school and home safe and sound.

I will be passing on these observations to the management of the School and to the local traffic enforcement authorities at MK Council and Thames Valley Police. Lets hope together we can keep our children safe and avoid any serious injuries and accidents occurring.

 

 

 

 

 

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Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Milton Keynes Council is undertaking a review of polling districts and polling places.

Milton Keynes Council would welcome your comments about existing polling stations and ideas for new ones in your area.

The deadline for submitting comments is 24 November 2017.

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Road Closure in Loughton

Milton Keynes Council has informed the Parish Council that Pitcher Lane, Loughton will be closed between Monday 2nd October – Wednesday 4th October the alternative route will be via School Lane and Leys Road.

This is to allow Anglian Water to undertake repairs to the water main, man hole cover and install a new sewer pipe.

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BE PART OF THE PEOPLE’S PROCESSION!

FEAST OF FIRE: Saturday 21 October from 6.30pm in Central Milton Keynes, FREE

To celebrate MK50, Milton Keynes will come together on Saturday 21 October for Feast of Fire.

This magical and fiery event has been created by outdoor arts company Walk the Plank, commissioned by City Club and produced by IF: Milton Keynes International Festival.

The evening will open with the beautiful large-scale ‘Spellbound’ show featuring captivating puppetry, dance and special effects to tell an ancient story of love, loyalty and friendship, then Midsummer Boulevard East will light up with fire sculptures, followed by live music with fire drawings, special effects and fireworks in a grand finale in The Point car park.

An important part of the evening will be ‘The People’s Procession’ made up of 250 citizens who live or work in Milton Keynes – and this is where you can play a part.

The Feast of Fire organisers would like to invite people across Milton Keynes to sign up, or nominate people to take part in the Procession.

They are looking for people of all ages and backgrounds, and would like to include the broadest possible cross-section of people, showing Milton Keynes to be the diverse, vibrant city it has become over the past 50 years.

The People’s Procession will be by torchlight and start at the MK Rose in Campbell Park and work its way on level ground to a traffic-free Midsummer Boulevard and The Point car park.

Participants can be young or old, living or working in the city, a community organiser, a group representative or someone who makes a difference…

Want to take part? Read more and sign up here www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

Put Saturday 21 October in your diary now – Feast of Fire is FREE to attend and is the last of the official events to celebrate MK50!

Created for MK50 and City Club by Walk the Plank and is produced by The Stables and IF: Milton Keynes International Festival. Sponsored by Gallagher Estates, IDI Gazeley, centre:mk and intu Milton Keynes. Supported by Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council, The Rothschild Foundation, MK Community Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation and MK Dons SET.        

http://ifmiltonkeynes.org/home.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeastofFire/

Twitter: @Feast of Fire https://twitter.com/FeastofFire

 

 

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Vacancy for a Parish Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer at Loughton & Great Holm Parish Council

Loughton & Great Holm Parish Council (Milton Keynes) are seeking a

Parish Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer

28 hours a week, Local government spinal column points SCP 24 -30.

The salary will be between, £16,398.29p – £20,027.09p per annum depending on experience, and membership of the local government pension scheme.

Responsible for all aspects of finance and administration of the Parish Council, providing advice and implementing decisions

Candidates need to be highly motivated and well organised, as well as able to demonstrate good knowledge of local government procedures, finance and law, the ability to work independently and effectively with councillors, members of the public, and both the business and third sectors, and other bodies are essential.

Applicants will need good IT and computer skills and have a sound grounding in Local Government Administration. Candidates with CILCA qualification preferred although those already working towards qualification or committed to do so will be considered.

You will be responsible for managing the Council’s financial affairs and to be accountable for the effective management of its resources.

We are looking for a person with experience, enthusiasm, drive, vision and commitment for this post.

All applicants must declare any personal, political and business relationship(s) with any member(s) of the Parish Council.

If you believe that you are the person we are looking for then we would like to hear from you.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 21st September Interviews will be held week beginning Monday 2nd October.

A job application form is available on the website and can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.loughtonandgreatholm-pc.gov.uk/parish-clerk-responsible-financial-officer-job-vacancy/

The completed job application form should be returned to:-

Cllr Peter Todd

Chair of Loughton & Great Holm Parish Council

Telephone: 07824437466 Email: chairman@loughtonandgreatholm-pc.gov.uk

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The Milton Keynes Parks Trust will produce and install the two interpretation boards, which will be paid for by the Parish Council.

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Picnic on the Green on Sunday 3rd September 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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The Prince’s Trust 12 week personal development programme for 16 – 25 year olds.

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