Search

Residents fear expansion of primary school in North Wembley could be fatal

PUBLISHED: 18:26 24 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 25 May 2016

Protestors Cllr Keith Perrin, far right, with residents.against antisocial behaviour caused by parking problems at Byron Court Primary  Photo by Adam Tiernan Thomas

Protestors Cllr Keith Perrin, far right, with residents.against antisocial behaviour caused by parking problems at Byron Court Primary Photo by Adam Tiernan Thomas

© Adam Tiernan Thomas

Parents and residents living next to a primary school in North Wembley fear a child could be killed if a planned expansion goes ahead.

The neighbours of Byron Court Primary School in Spencer Road, claims careless driving by some with parents could worsen and resulted in a possible fatality.

They claim some parents are parking in their driveways or across them and becoming abusive if challenged while causing safety issues for children crossing the road.

Brent Council controversially gave the green light for the primary school to surge from 600 to 1,050 pupils in September 2017.

Martin Dickens, a parent at the school, said: “There are big problems with illegal activity, parking on double yellow lines, across driveways, anti-social behaviour and, above all else, endangering children’s safety.

“This year alone I’ve heard about two incidents where children have been hit with cars and just last week parents received a text message from the school stating ‘Please drive carefully when dropping off/collecting your children. An incident yesterday, as a result of careless driving could have been fatal’.”

He added: “Brent Council’s own transportation officers stated there were serious safety problems at present and that the submitted travel plan was considered inadequate and failed their own assessment.

“It`s surely common sense that the situation will only get worse by adding over 300 cars and 400 extra children into this tight space, and many parents feel that the school and the council are creating a dangerous situation which could have serious consequences.”

Kaye James, chair of Sudbury Court Residents Association, said: “This isn’t just us complaining, there is escalation of the antisocial behaviour with one of the most recent examples leading to a conviction of assault of one parent against a local resident. It’s continually concerns me that residents and children in the school are having to deal with this on daily basis.”

Steve Werren, a freelance musician who lives in the street, said: “Parents are parking in our drive ways or blocking them so residents can’t get out.

“If you say anything to them they become abusive as to why residents want to get into their driveway at this time of the day.

“This is a daily occurrence and to be honest, everyone is sick and tired of going through this year after year. If they expand the school it’s going to be twice as bad, there’ll be a pile up of cars, no space at all.”

A spokeswoman for Brent Council said “measures were being implemented” to address additional traffic and parking concerns including a walkway to Northwick Car Park .

She added: “Blocked driveways are given a high priority for parking enforcement and we are wholly prepared to issue parking fines and, if necessary, remove the vehicles causing the blockage.

“Our safety officers routinely work with schools to deliver effective messaging to parents about their behaviours. Where actions start to take the form of anti-social behaviour and are reported to the council, we work with all stakeholders, including the police, to find a solution that can be sustained.

“We expect people to act responsibly and set the right example, however when this doesn’t happen, anti-social behaviour can be reported to us on 020 8937 1058 or by emailing community.safety@brent.gov.uk.

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

Fri, 19:37

“Kind-hearted”, “exceptional” and “one of a kind” were just a few of the tributes expressed as a community said their goodbye’s to Harlesden’s much-loved charity founder.

Fri, 12:49

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Fri, 12:18

A cyclist, who also had a child on his bike, was involved in a collision with a vehicle in Willesden Green this morning.

Thu, 14:34

There are severe delays on the Jubilee Line after a person was hit by a train in Neasden.

Thu, 11:45

An abandoned cat brought into Mayhew nearly three years ago has finally found a permanent home with a former Eastenders star.

Thu, 10:02

Two Wembley drug dealers have been jailed after one of them was found to have crack cocaine and heroin in his poo.

Thu, 09:30

Brent Council has been accused of social cleansing by one of its own councillors as 197 households are forced to leave two blocks in Kilburn.

Wed, 15:37

Wembley Stadium is no longer for sale after billionaire Fulham FC owner deemed the move “too divisive”.

PROMOTED CONTENT

A new community centre, The Yellow, opens in Wembley Park in the heart of the Brent community. From October 1, the hub will offer a selection of arts and fitness classes, many of which will be free.

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now