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South Woodford mums blast ‘crazy’ two-year wait for crossing on ‘dangerous road’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 19 April 2016

Local residents and children where the crossing is needed

Local residents and children where the crossing is needed

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Parents have described the lack of a zebra crossing near several primary and secondary schools as “absolutely crazy”.

Local residents and children where the crossing is neededLocal residents and children where the crossing is needed

Mothers and fathers brought their children to protest a lack of safe crossing points for youngsters in St Barnabas Road, Woodford Green, on April 14.

More than 50 people stopped traffic to walk across the “dangerous road”, with Cllr Gwyneth Deakins (Lib Dem, Roding).

It has now been two years since a zebra crossing was promised by Redbridge Council, as part of the planning conditions for the expansion of Woodbridge School, and nothing has been built.

Mother-of-two Tamara Sturges told the Recorder: “They’ve been talking about it for two years, but nothing has happened.”

Local residents and children where the crossing is neededLocal residents and children where the crossing is needed

Tamara, 44, of Gordon Road, South Woodford, is concerned where her daughter will cross when she attends Woodbridge School, in Broadmead Road, next year.

She said: “There is nothing at all from Gordon Road down towards the school.

“People go barrelling down St Barnabas Road, it’s really dangerous, cars get overtaken all the time.”

Tamara hopes the crossing will be installed so both her daughters can cross safely, to go to Woodbridge and Churchfields Primary School.

“About 3,000 children go to those schools, it’s absolutely crazy there’s no crossing.”

Caroline Frith, 38, crosses the road every day with her daughter, who goes to Churchfields.

Mrs Frith, also of Gordon Road, said: “Nobody ever stops, you have to push your way out to cross, it would a world of difference if there was crossing.

“She would be able to walk to school on her own when she goes to Woodbridge, at the moment I won’t let her.”

Cllr Deakins, who led the protest, said: “The school and the local authority want the crossing to be closer towards Woodbridge School, but it seems most parents prefer it by Gordon Road – that way it serves Churchfields and other primary schools.”

She said she hoped there would be some action from the council.

Redbridge Council has been contacted for comment and the Recorder is awaiting its response.


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