July 24 2014 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Senior reporter
Thursday, March 27, 2014
A controversial one-way system is being introduced around an expanding school to tackle parent parking chaos.
Traffic problems are expected to worsen at Barley Lane Primary School in Huxley Drive, Chadwell Heath, as it expands to take on an extra 210 pupils.
Redbridge Council’s area committee five approved plans to make the road and nearby Eccleston Crescent one-way and adopt the pothole-ridden street between.
A report presented to the meeting at Barley Lane Primary last week found that parents dropping off and picking up children were blocking roads, obstructing junctions and causing congestion.
Officers claimed the new one-way system will ease problems and improve safety but not everyone was happy, with only Huxley Drive residents supporting all the changes in a consultation.
Speaking at the meeting, Janice Warwick said it would just cause traffic to build up in Eccleston Crescent.
Others worried that new give way priorities would cause congestion and inconvenience people travelling to and from work.
“We’re still not happy,” said one resident who did not give her name.
But there was praise for the adoption of Thackeray Drive, which the council will now have to resurface and maintain.
One woman claimed councillors’ cars “wouldn’t survive” driving over the potholes.
Officers found that 10 minor accidents had happened in the area since July 2010.
A child crossing the road was hit at the junction of Barley Lane and Eccleston Crescent and a motorcyclist was hit by a car while turning right in Atholl Road.
Up to 221 cars were recorded going backwards and forwards in Eccleston Crescent in the morning peak and 190 in the afternoon school run between 3pm and 4pm.
The committee approved the scheme, which was supported by the school, emergency services and nearby businesses.
It will cost £160,400 to bring in and £1,000 a year to maintain.