School run from ‘hell’ outside primary as parents ‘forget the kids and shout abuse’


Residents and parents in Mapperley, Nottingham have raised concerns about the safety of kids going to primary and nursey school as numerous cars cram themselves on a busy road at peak times

Daily traffic jams have left parents and residents worried about children going to a school during peak times
Daily traffic jams have left parents and residents worried about children going to a school during peak times

Parents fear for their kids’ safety as daily traffic jam “hell” leads to some “shouting abuse” during peak times.

Many have voiced concerns over saying the kids going to primary and nursery school in Mapperley, Nottingham is at risk because multiple cars cram themselves down a narrow street every day.

One woman, who did not want to be named, told NottinghamshireLive : “The traffic is really bad because people are in a rush to get to school. It must be hell for residents.

“A child will get hit one day. I hope it rectifies itself but I’m not sure it will.

“The school is doing all it can but it’s really bad.”

Par Kumaraswami, 57, said she is concerned about the safety of the kids when they go to school
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Carol Mombeyarara, 30, said: “People need to control themselves. They seem to forget there are kids around.

“I’ve seen people shout abuse at each other. I feel sorry for the headteacher – she has no control over it.”

A 46-year-old care worker, whose son goes to the school, said: “When the school was built, I can’t imagine they considered whether parking would be an issue.

“The speed limit here is 20 but it should be slower.”

Mena Mbanefo, 46, another parent who recognises the issues, said: “I don’t park around here because of the disruption.

“I imagine it is a big problem for disabled people as well because there isn’t enough room for them.”

In response, Nottingham City Council has put planters in place to manage traffic congestion through their School Streets scheme.

The traffic issues around the school have resulted in Nottingham City Council putting planters in place
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Par Kumaraswami, 57, a lecturer at the University of Nottingham, who lives nearby added: “I’m always concerned about the safety of the kids when they go to school and we’ve got a nursery nearby as well.”

Staff at St Augustine’s Catholic school have said they working with the council, residents and parents to come to a solution.

A spokesperson for the school said: “St Augustine’s school is situated in a built-up residential area of the city where the surrounding streets are narrow. Parking when pupils are dropped off and picked up is a concern for the school.

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“We are working with the Local Authority, residents and parents to ensure that the health and safety of our pupils remain our key priority at all times.”

Some residents who live on nearby streets were positive about the effects of the planters on the traffic in the area.

One man, who did not want to be named said: “It’s got better over time and recently things have improved further.

“We got a letter about School Streets and I’ve supported it. There are always going to be people flouting rules.”

Councillor Rosemary Healy, Portfolio Holder for Transport at the city council, said: “Last year the city council was awarded £2.5 million from the Government’s Active Travel Fund for measures designed to encourage walking and cycling.

“Using a share of this funding we introduced car-free School Streets, closing the roads immediately outside school gates to create safer spaces for parents, carers and children to walk, cycle or scoot to school. Children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution from exhaust fumes, so cleaner air outside schools is an added benefit.

“Unfortunately we know that some people are ignoring the restrictions, and we can’t be outside the school every day to enforce them, but the problems in Park Avenue show the issues caused by the increase in traffic around school drop off and pick up times, causing congestion, idling vehicles and pavement parking.

“The school has carried out a lot of initiatives to encourage children and parents to walk or cycle to school, and we’ll continue to support them.”

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