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SAFETY SECURED: New barriers to tackle dangerous parking at Bushey school 

 Published on: 20th July 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Barriers are to be installed outside Queens’ School on Aldenham Road to help combat dangerous parking and driving.

The longstanding problem involves parents and Met Club users mounting the kerb and then driving along the pavement to park on the grass verges – putting pupils and other pedestrians at risk.

The zigzags by the school will also be extended and repainted, as part of a first phase of measures agreed at a landmark meeting in June.

The meeting was convened by Bushey Lib Dem councillors Laurence Brass and Paul Richards, and was the first time councils, police, the school, and the Met Club, have been brought together to confront the issue.

Future measures will include bollards to prevent verge-parking, and longer term, possible upgrades to nearby traffic lights and cycleways. Hertsmere police are also stepping up patrols and fining motorists.

Cllr Paul Richards said: “This is a complex problem, but the priority is to tackle the really dangerous element – cars driving on the pavement and endangering children’s safety. That’s why the barriers are a vital first step. 

“Beyond that, we now have agreement from all stakeholders on what needs to be done – but we still need to convince Hertfordshire County Council to provide more funding.”

Queens’ School has been contacted for comment.

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