ROCHFORD parents say they have been left with “no safe place to park” after parking permits were introduced in a layby opposite school.
Samantha Perry, a Rochford mother, has launched a petition over concerns around the safety of children at Holt Farm Infant and Junior schools, in Ashington Road.
From November 6, a parking permit scheme, active between 8 am and 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm on Monday to Friday, has been added to the layby, which parents usually used to park and drop off children attending the school.
Ms Perry said: “As a concerned parent in Ashingdon, Rochford, I am deeply troubled by the recent introduction of permit parking in the public layby opposite our local school.
“This has left parents with no safe place to park while dropping off and picking up their children. The situation is further exacerbated by ongoing building work across the road.
“The safety of our children should be paramount. Parents need a secure location to park on this main road when taking their kids to and from school.
“It’s not just about convenience; it’s about ensuring that our children can get to school safely without having to navigate busy traffic or construction sites.”
The new Bloor Homes development on the same road will see 662 new homes built, with the first show homes launched this month.
Ms Perry added: “We are calling on local authorities in Ashingdon and Rochford to reconsider this decision and prioritise the safety of our children over permit parking revenue.
“We urge you all who care about child safety and community well-being – parents, teachers, residents – sign this petition today.”
For further information visit: change.org/p/oppose-permit-parking-in-public-layby-opposite-school-in-ashingdon-rochford
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