Parents do not have to park illegally, they can walk children to school, says Beaconsfield headteacher.

Bucks Free Press: Beaconsfield congestion Beaconsfield congestion

DANGEROUS and obstructive parking can be avoided if parents either park sensibly or walk their kids to school, according to residents and a Beaconsfield headteacher.

Beaconsfield is becoming well known for its lack of available parking spaces but a parent of a Butlers Court pupil has complained about the available provisions in the schools surrounding streets.

Co-founder of a local award winning water treatment company, James McEvoy was angry with the way traffic wardens “targeted parents”, who had no choice but to park illegally, although not in a restricting way.

He said: “I now do the school run as my wife is working again, Butlers Court has about 400, 500, children and no proper car park.

“I know residents have complained, and I can see the issue if people are actually obstructing them.”

He added: “I have lived in a house near a school and you have to take it as it is.

“Because of the restrictions along the road I have to park them (the children) miles away, it is very inconvenient, I run my own business, we live busy lives, we don’t need things like this.”

However, the Butlers Court headteacher feels that more people should walk or cycle to school, or leave earlier if they want a space.

Mrs Jeanette Marshall, said: “In this day and age we encourage people to walk to school, if you live locally then you’re able to walk to school.”

“If those parents want to park illegally it is up to them, but those restrictions are likely to be enforced.”

Two grandparents who came to collect their daughter’s children this week also had trouble parking close to the school.

William Highsted, said: “Some of the schools in the area don’t have parking at all and I can see how it can be difficult for some parents.”

However, one resident was keen to point out there are many spaces along Grove Road for parents to pick up and drop off their children, saying they don’t all have to huddle near the entrance to the alley which leads to the school.

Stephen Brandon, who lives along Grove Road, said: “There are massive provisions for parking on this road.

“The only way to deal with the illegal parking is to have proper restrictions and proper enforcement.

“We have only recently had restrictions put in place to stop people parking in front of our driveways.

“In some incidences I have occasionally had to put notes on cars. If anyone parks illegally and obstructs my driveway I will photo them and report them.”

Mr Brandon, 66, added: “They (parents) should let children walk to school or cycle; it would be nice to see some people using these cycle routes.”

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4:29pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Lane End Man says...

He said: “I now do the school run as my wife is working again, Butlers Court has about 400, 500, children and no proper car park.
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so this gentleman wants a 200+ space car park so every parent can drop off Tarquin and Tabitha at school in the morning!!!
no wonder kids are getting fatter and fatter, park a few streets away from the school and walk, the exercise will do them good as well as you.
He said: “I now do the school run as my wife is working again, Butlers Court has about 400, 500, children and no proper car park. -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- so this gentleman wants a 200+ space car park so every parent can drop off Tarquin and Tabitha at school in the morning!!! no wonder kids are getting fatter and fatter, park a few streets away from the school and walk, the exercise will do them good as well as you. Lane End Man
  • Score: 36

7:47pm Wed 12 Mar 14

KrissieJS says...

Butlers Court is no different to any other Primary school in Bucks. Parents are just selfish, having to park as close as possible, obstructing driveways and parking on zigzag lines which are meant to keep their children safe.
The Police can't deal with all the schools in the area. schools have no jurisdiction past the gate. So as long as parents can't walk to school the problem stays.
Butlers Court is no different to any other Primary school in Bucks. Parents are just selfish, having to park as close as possible, obstructing driveways and parking on zigzag lines which are meant to keep their children safe. The Police can't deal with all the schools in the area. schools have no jurisdiction past the gate. So as long as parents can't walk to school the problem stays. KrissieJS
  • Score: 18

10:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Littleskyfall says...

This problem exists in every school Primary and Upper schools. If every child HAD to go to their local school it would not be a problem, it would also reduce the number of cars on the road at rush hour, so lets go back to when we all walked to our local school, or jumped on a bus if it was further than say a couple of miles.
This problem exists in every school Primary and Upper schools. If every child HAD to go to their local school it would not be a problem, it would also reduce the number of cars on the road at rush hour, so lets go back to when we all walked to our local school, or jumped on a bus if it was further than say a couple of miles. Littleskyfall
  • Score: 17

8:08am Thu 13 Mar 14

Fibelle says...

I, too, live near a school, and the number of parents who park in my drive to drop their children off at school is disgusting, I have come home from work to find I am unable to park in my drive due to the parent thinking it is ok for them to park there to pick their children up! WRONG! they then get upset that I block them in with my car, 'I was only 5 minutes' is the excuse we hear a thousand times, again WRONG. If you can walk you child to school, do so, if you can car pool, do that, but do not park a: illegally, b: in someones drive c: anywhere that is going to cause frustration to the people who live in the area. Some of us don't have a choice but to live where we do as that was the only place available at the time.
I, too, live near a school, and the number of parents who park in my drive to drop their children off at school is disgusting, I have come home from work to find I am unable to park in my drive due to the parent thinking it is ok for them to park there to pick their children up! WRONG! they then get upset that I block them in with my car, 'I was only 5 minutes' is the excuse we hear a thousand times, again WRONG. If you can walk you child to school, do so, if you can car pool, do that, but do not park a: illegally, b: in someones drive c: anywhere that is going to cause frustration to the people who live in the area. Some of us don't have a choice but to live where we do as that was the only place available at the time. Fibelle
  • Score: 28

9:29am Thu 13 Mar 14

sparky49 says...

Heaven forbid your children getting in the way of running your own company and a busy life.
Grow up man.
Heaven forbid your children getting in the way of running your own company and a busy life. Grow up man. sparky49
  • Score: 16

9:59am Thu 13 Mar 14

aaaali says...

When I was at primary school we went to the nearest available, It was accepted that was how it was. No issues with parking.

If a parent wants to or needs to work then the sensible thing to do is to take a job where you are able to get your precious darlings to school on time and on foot. No one has a right to be able to park near a school, why should they!

I survived on a lower wage due to my restricted working hours. I'm sure others can do, And before anyone starts I paid a mortgage, ran a car and fed and clothed my child without any benefits and as a single parent. Many of us do.

"Co-founder of a local award winning water treatment company, James McEvoy was angry with the way traffic wardens “targeted parents”, who had no choice but to park illegally, although not in a restricting way" "no choice but to park illegally" So Mr McEvoy feels he is above the law. Must be nice. The parking restrictions are made near schools to protect the children on foot. Have some respect for the markings, the law and most importantly the rights of the children to travel to and from school safely!
When I was at primary school we went to the nearest available, It was accepted that was how it was. No issues with parking. If a parent wants to or needs to work then the sensible thing to do is to take a job where you are able to get your precious darlings to school on time and on foot. No one has a right to be able to park near a school, why should they! I survived on a lower wage due to my restricted working hours. I'm sure others can do, And before anyone starts I paid a mortgage, ran a car and fed and clothed my child without any benefits and as a single parent. Many of us do. "Co-founder of a local award winning water treatment company, James McEvoy was angry with the way traffic wardens “targeted parents”, who had no choice but to park illegally, although not in a restricting way" "no choice but to park illegally" So Mr McEvoy feels he is above the law. Must be nice. The parking restrictions are made near schools to protect the children on foot. Have some respect for the markings, the law and most importantly the rights of the children to travel to and from school safely! aaaali
  • Score: 18

10:51am Thu 13 Mar 14

CatherineAB says...

Obviously, modern parents do no care enough for their children, or their own health, to actually use the legs they were born with. The same seems to apply to most schools in the area. "No time" is a fallacy, as quite a few actually arrive a good half-hour before the school near me comes out, and sit there!! What a boring and unhealthy life so many people live. WALK!
Obviously, modern parents do no care enough for their children, or their own health, to actually use the legs they were born with. The same seems to apply to most schools in the area. "No time" is a fallacy, as quite a few actually arrive a good half-hour before the school near me comes out, and sit there!! What a boring and unhealthy life so many people live. WALK! CatherineAB
  • Score: 10

1:41pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Agniesca says...

Our children are suffering from high levels of hay fever, asthma etc caused in part by exposure of high levels of car generated pollution and are predicted to have a lower life expectancy than their parents. not using a car to transport them to school results in lower pollution levels and increased activity levels; so who values a child's life as being less than business profits?? WALK
Our children are suffering from high levels of hay fever, asthma etc caused in part by exposure of high levels of car generated pollution and are predicted to have a lower life expectancy than their parents. not using a car to transport them to school results in lower pollution levels and increased activity levels; so who values a child's life as being less than business profits?? WALK Agniesca
  • Score: 3

1:51pm Thu 13 Mar 14

JUSTANOTHERMUM says...

I too have children attending schools in Wattleton Road & I too have a busy life running my own business - However it is no problem to park safely & legally just a bit further along the road - why do people have to stop or park right outside the school entrance? Blocking the road for others (especially the poor bus drivers trying to squeeze past without hitting anything) - their little darlings couldn't possibly walk along the road a bit ! Recently it has become even worse because people (6th formers?) now park all day opposite BHS entrance. Can someone please arrange to have double yellow lines put all the way along there so everyone is clear about where not to park, because nobody seems to know the highway code about not parking opposite zig-zag lines or obstructing the road.
I too have children attending schools in Wattleton Road & I too have a busy life running my own business - However it is no problem to park safely & legally just a bit further along the road - why do people have to stop or park right outside the school entrance? Blocking the road for others (especially the poor bus drivers trying to squeeze past without hitting anything) - their little darlings couldn't possibly walk along the road a bit ! Recently it has become even worse because people (6th formers?) now park all day opposite BHS entrance. Can someone please arrange to have double yellow lines put all the way along there so everyone is clear about where not to park, because nobody seems to know the highway code about not parking opposite zig-zag lines or obstructing the road. JUSTANOTHERMUM
  • Score: 7

10:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

s6blr says...

Come to Marlow Bottom and watch all the insanity and destruction done by parents taking little lord Farquor and lady Hasbeen to Nurford a School!

They've destroyed front lawn, sidewalk pavement and cause excessive gridlock twice daily.

The best part is the MB 1,000 psychology Mummy Death race where they race up and town the road at speeds near 50mph on a 30moh road.

Thames Valley Police ignore the entire situation or cower and won't do anything about this.

We pray a guild isn't hurt...!
Come to Marlow Bottom and watch all the insanity and destruction done by parents taking little lord Farquor and lady Hasbeen to Nurford a School! They've destroyed front lawn, sidewalk pavement and cause excessive gridlock twice daily. The best part is the MB 1,000 psychology Mummy Death race where they race up and town the road at speeds near 50mph on a 30moh road. Thames Valley Police ignore the entire situation or cower and won't do anything about this. We pray a guild isn't hurt...! s6blr
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Fri 14 Mar 14

One fine day says...

I live by a primary school and it has got to the stage where I do not leave or return to my house during the school runs due to the totally irresponsible and dangerous parking of those dropping off/picking up children. When I have challenged people they, without exception, become very defensive and do not accept that their actions are at the very least thoughtless and at worse dangerous. Does there have to be an accident before these people wake up and come to their senses?
I live by a primary school and it has got to the stage where I do not leave or return to my house during the school runs due to the totally irresponsible and dangerous parking of those dropping off/picking up children. When I have challenged people they, without exception, become very defensive and do not accept that their actions are at the very least thoughtless and at worse dangerous. Does there have to be an accident before these people wake up and come to their senses? One fine day
  • Score: 4

7:00pm Fri 14 Mar 14

abucks says...

Butlers Court is an oversubscribed school where the children attending will all live within the catchment area,- this is a small catchment area all withing walking distance of the schoool - we are talking about a small town with 2 town centre schools and one just a little further away - this is not a rural school. As for the remark about no proper car park!!! silly man
Butlers Court is an oversubscribed school where the children attending will all live within the catchment area,- this is a small catchment area all withing walking distance of the schoool - we are talking about a small town with 2 town centre schools and one just a little further away - this is not a rural school. As for the remark about no proper car park!!! silly man abucks
  • Score: 4

7:45pm Fri 14 Mar 14

mumof3coolkids says...

Its not the parents at butlers court but the 6th formers at Beaconsfield high school blocking tge main road out of the school grid lock every morning , as they dont single they pulling up just sit there 2 ft from the kerb and get out and walk off !!!!!!
Its not the parents at butlers court but the 6th formers at Beaconsfield high school blocking tge main road out of the school grid lock every morning , as they dont single they pulling up just sit there 2 ft from the kerb and get out and walk off !!!!!! mumof3coolkids
  • Score: 0

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