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Parents of children at Dagenham school face on-the-spot parking fines

Grafton Primary School have been working to improve safety on the road (credit: GoogleMaps)

Parents of children at a school in Dagenham could face on-the-spot fines if they’re found breaking the Highway Code at drop off and pick up times.

The warning comes from Barking and Dagenham Council after a child at Grafton Primary School, in Grafton Road, was nearly involved in a collision as a result of poorly parked vehicles.

Grafton Primary School have been working with Barking and Dagenham Council to improve safety outside the school gates following concerns from the school and complaints made from local residents.

Enforcement officers have been patrolling the area issuing fixed penalty charge notices to drivers parked carelessly around the school.

The council is also investigating further measures to improve road safety in the area.

As part of the work with the school, the council has created Blue Badge bay after they were made aware that a child from the school uses a wheelchair.

The area around the school has been subject to a schools focused controlled-parking zone since September last year.

A Road Safety Education Officer will also be delivering safety talks to all children from nursery through to year 6 later in the year.

Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, Councillor Syed Ghani, said: “We understand that parents live busy lives, but child safety is our number one priority and that is why we work with schools and why we’re looking into solutions that will keep the children of Barking and Dagenham safe.

“Inconsiderate parking can be problematic for local residents and potentially life-threatening for the young people on their way to and from school. That is why we encourage parents to walk-to-school where possible or use public transport.”

The council has installed 10 School Streets initiatives that create pedestrian and cycle only zones outside school gates at pick up and drop off times.

This mainly operates from 8am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 4pm on weekdays – unless exempt.

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