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Angry parents smile after campaign for safer access to Rainham school meets success

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 June 2017

Campaigners Samantha Lammin, Natasha Summers, Lesley Blowers, Cllr Graham Williamson, Leigh Hayward, Phillip Martin and Cllr Micheal Deon Burton. Picture: Samantha Lammin

Campaigners Samantha Lammin, Natasha Summers, Lesley Blowers, Cllr Graham Williamson, Leigh Hayward, Phillip Martin and Cllr Micheal Deon Burton. Picture: Samantha Lammin

Samantha Lammin

A group of parents are now smiling with joy after they won agreement from an organisation to create safer access to a school.

Work on the development of the Orchard Village estate, Rainham, owned by Clarion Housing Group, caused upset among parents at Newtons Primary School. Picture: Ken Mears. Work on the development of the Orchard Village estate, Rainham, owned by Clarion Housing Group, caused upset among parents at Newtons Primary School. Picture: Ken Mears.

In March, the Recorder reported how parents were angered after a car park used to pick up and drop off their children at Newton Primary School, Lowen Road, Rainham, was boarded up by Clarion Housing Group which was carrying out development works in the area.

Parents were forced to use a busy car park round the back of the school, and said they feared for the safety of their children.

But parents who formed a campaign group called Pink Angels, supported by the Independent Residents Group, announced today that an agreement has been reached with Clarion.

Samantha Lammin, 30, of Lowen Road, Rainham, said: “I am extremely pleased that we have been acknowledged in our campaign for school safety.”

Ms Lammin said the housing group has agreed to create a walkway on the same side of the road as the school gate, subject to obtaining planning permission.

It also supports the idea of placing additional “school warning” signs in Walden Avenue and Lowen Road, but this also needs to be agreed with Havering Council.

Parents want roads around the school painted black to differentiate from the pavement. It is currently a shared surface designed to encourage slower driving.

Councillor Graham Williamson (South Hornchurch, Independent Residents Group) said: “I am delighted that Clarion has agreed with the parents’ commonsense demands to improve school safety outside Newton’s school.

“We now need Havering Council to do their part to ensure our children are kept safe going to and leaving school.”

Natasha Summers, 40, of Stanley Road, Rainham, told the Recorder in March that there had been four times when children had narrowly missed being hit by cars since September.

She swiftly set up a petition and gained around 150 signatures after parents’ usual access to the school was blocked by the boarding up of the car park for works to the Orchard Village estate.

Natasha added: “It’s great for the Pink Angels to get their first victory on such an important issue.”

Havering Council and Clarion have been approached for comment.

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