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Anger in Beeston over ‘chaotic’ parking where drivers go down on road ‘like there is no tomorrow’

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A community in Beeston has voiced their anger over “chaotic” traffic near a school. Neighbours living near the Alderman Pounder Infant & Nursery School said drivers go down on Eskdale Drive “like there is no tomorrow” – and double-parked cars often block the view on the narrow road.

It comes as a police officer attended the location on drop-off and pick-up times in response to a complaint. Lucy Weston, 43, from Chilwell said: “It’s very bad in front of the school. Even I am struggling to see when cars are approaching, I do not know how children can see anything while crossing the road if all the cars are blocking a clear view.”

Ben Harbottle, 36, who lives in Chilwell said: “The worst part is that they’re all parents, any parent would avoid this road at this time but it is parents that are creating this situation.”

Nick Tinswell, 41 who lives near the school said: “It is absolutely chaotic when two cars want to go together. The road is a bit narrow and there’s only that much space. It should really be completely clear, there’s children around.”

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A woman who was picking up her grandchild and did not want to be named said: “They are always going too fast, they are going down this road like there’s no tomorrow. We all know how kids are sometimes they let go of your hand and run onto the street. You’ve got to have your eyes everywhere looking out because it’s very scary when you’re crossing the road.”

After receiving a complaint from a parent about double parking outside the school, a Nottinghamshire Police officer attended the school at starting and finishing times on Friday (June 10) to see what the problems were like. The officer said he did not see any issues from his visit, but that may be because of his visible presence.




Officer Jones said: “The parents that arrived on foot were very pleased to see an officer observing and paying attention to the parking problems. I am aware that this is a national problem.

“But being there today highlighted that my presence stopped any issues outside of the school. Not one vehicle stopped or parked on the yellow chevrons or double-parked further up the road.

“Unfortunately, I cannot be outside of schools every day. If drivers can be considerate when I am there, then why can’t they be as responsible all the time.”

Adam Butterworth-Drury, headteacher of Alderman Pounder Infant & Nursery School, said: “Children’s safety is our priority, and we are very grateful to Broxtowe South Police for their ongoing support within the community. As with many schools nationally, the start and end of the school day are busier periods and so we continue to work with families to make these as smooth and as safe as possible.

“Our families are very respectful of requests for considerate use of the road and support us in our efforts. In addition, we are fortunate to have so many families who choose to walk, cycle, and use public transport, including the tram to get to school.”

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