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Pilot project calls for public to become traffic wardens

PUBLISHED: 17:22 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:22 31 March 2015

Chafford Hundred residents are being urged to step forward to combat dangerous parking near schools

Chafford Hundred residents are being urged to step forward to combat dangerous parking near schools

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Chafford Hundred residents are being urged to step forward and volunteer to be traffic wardens in a bid to combat dangerous parking near schools.

Thurrock councillor for public safety, cllr Phil Smith, said: “While the council cannot afford to employ extra officers, we can certainly find funding for a pilot project so volunteers from a small number of local schools can undergo full training. These schools can have a presence around their entrances.”

Chafford Hundred Cllr Tunde Ojetola receives many letters of complaint regarding parking near the Harris Academy in Mayflower Road.

He said: “I encourage all residents, schools and teachers to embrace this as quickly as possible.”

Tracey Boanas, headteacher at Harris Academy Primary, in Mayflower Road, said: “Having wardens would act as a deterrent but I can’t see the feasibility of the scheme due to staff resources. An unmarked CCTV car would be better as it would reduce the confrontational aspect of someone going up to a parent, especially when they are probably already stressed out trying to drop children off and get into work on time.”

Any interested schools should contact David Bull, director of planning and transportation at Thurrock Council on 01375 652652.

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