Sunday, 22 October 2017

Charity angry with school-run parents using car park

A row has broken out between users of Makins recreation ground car park in Henley.

A row has broken out between users of Makins recreation ground car park in Henley.

Wendy Carlson, manager of brain injury charity Headway, and Dave Adamson, group scout leader, disagree about whether parents whose children attend Sacred Heart School should be able to use the car park in Greys Road during school pick-up and drop-off times.

The land is leased to Headway and the Scouts by HenleyTown Council and can also be used by visitors to the recreation ground.

Sacred Heart headteacher Karen Edwards has introduced laminated signs which parents display in their cars to show they are using the car park to access the school in an attempt to reduce congestion but Mrs Carlson says she has not noticed any difference since the scheme began last month.

She said: “There has been no dramatic change. At the end of the day there is a clash in timings as the parents are here collecting their children and we have two minibuses coming to take people home, clients driving themselves and carers collecting patients. It’s not something you would really choose to have happening at the same time from a safety point of view.

“We know that there are problems as the school has a large catchment area coupled with the fact that there is no parking at the school at all. From our point of view, we lease this building and in with the lease we have permission to park on this land.

“I think some of the parents who use the car park now are remembering a time when this building was empty when they would not have been a problem.”

She suggested the school should consider creating a walking bus so that parents would not need to use the car park.

Mrs Carlson said: “I don’t think that we would ever have a problem in that car park if it was only used by the people who are using these buildings and members of the public who are using Makins recreation ground.”

But Mr Adamson says he doesn’t see a problem with members of the public using the car park.

He said: “When we look at the use of the car park it is largely empty and we think it’s nice that it is one of the few places left in Henley where people can park freely and I don’t see any people taking advantage of it.

“Even at peak times, with just a bit of consideration, it can be managed so that everybody is happy.”

Town clerk Mike Kennedy wrote to Mrs Edwards and Tom Espley, principal of The Henley College, about the ongoing issue in September.

In his letter to Mrs Edwards, Mr Kennedy wrote: “Their [Headway’s] ambulance, in particular, cannot draw up to the entrance and clients and their carers are forced to navigate through the parked cars on foot. This is not desireable and presents a real risk to those individuals affected.

“This is not the first time I have had to draw your attention to the difficulties experienced by Headway in the car park. We have asked you on a number of occasions to advise parents that their consideration of others were required but all our previous attempts seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.”

In her reply, Mrs Edwards criticised his tone, describing the letter as “both insulating and patronising”.

Mr Kennedy and Mrs Edwards held a meeting last month and a decision was made to introduce the laminated signs. About twenty signs have been collected by parents from the school office. so far.

Mrs Edwards said: “At the beginning and the end of the day we have been monitoring the situation and we are continuing to do that to see just how many people are using it and what the difficulties are.

“We are communicating with parents because the last thing in the world that we want is for there to be no possibility of us being able to park there for a short period of time.

“We have no school car park, we still haven’t got a safe crossing and people park all the way along Grey’s Road. We have children from Assendon, Bix and Benson whose parents can’t walk them to school- it’s not that the parents can’t be bothered to walk with their children.”

She says she is continuing to liaise with Mrs Carlson and Mr Adamson to try and find a solution which suits everybody’s needs.

“Henley is a community and it is quite tightly drawn so we just need to continue to work together to find the best solution,” she said.

Mr Epsley said students are fined if they are found to be parking in the Makins recreation ground car park.

He said: “Our policy is very clear- that students shouldn’t be parking there. What happens if they do and we get complaints is we will get the students to move their car and they will pay a £5 fine.

“It shouldn’t be happening but it’s been an on and off saga because students view it as somewhere else to park.”



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A CHARITY wants to stop students and parents using the car park outside its base in Henley.

Headway Thames Valley, which helps people with brain injuries, is based at Brunner Hall, off Greys Road, which it rents from the town council.

But the car park, which should only be used by the charity and members of the public visiting Makins recreation ground, is being used by students at The Henley College and parents when picking up children at Sacred Heart Primary School in Greys Hill, which doesn’t have a car park.

The council has written to both the college and the school asking them to stop the practice but the charity says the problem still exists.

Wendy Carlson, manager of Headway, said: “There is a clash in timings as the parents are here collecting their children and we have two minibuses coming to take people home, clients driving themselves and carers collecting patients. This is not something you would choose to have happening at the same time from a safety point of view.

“We know the school has a large catchment area coupled with the fact that there is no parking at the school but from our point of view, we lease this building and we have permission to park on this land.

“I think some of the parents who use the car park are remembering a time when this building was empty and there would not have been a problem.”

She suggested that the school created a “walking bus” so that parents would not need to use the car park.

Mrs Carlson said: “I don’t think that we would ever have a problem in the car park if it was only used by the people who are using the building and members of the public visiting Makins recreation ground.” Sacred Heart headteacher Karen Edwards said: “We have no school car park, we still haven’t got a safe crossing and people park all the way along Greys Road.

“We have children from Assendon, Bix and Benson whose parents can’t walk them to school — it’s not that the parents can’t be bothered to walk with their children.”

Following a meeting with town clerk Mike Kennedy, the school has introduced laminated signs for parents to display when using the car park to access the school. So far, about 20 signs have been collected by parents from the school office.

Mrs Edwards said: “We are monitoring the situation to see just how many people are using the car park and what the difficulties are.

“We are communicating with parents because the last thing in the world that we want is for there to be no possibility of parents being able to park there for a short time.

“Henley is a community and it is quite tightly drawn so we just need to continue to work together to find the best solution.”

College principal Tom Espley said students were fined if they were found to be using the car park.

He said: “Our policy is very clear — students shouldn’t park there. If they do and we get complaints, we will get the student to move their car and they will pay a £5 fine.

“It shouldn’t be happening but it is an on-off saga because students view it as somewhere to park.”

In September, Mr Kennedy wrote to Mrs Edwards and Mr Espley asking them to take action.

He said: “This is not the first time I have had to draw your attention to the difficulties experienced by Headway in the car park.

“We have asked you on a number of occasions to advise parents that their consideration of others was required but all our previous attempts seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

“Their [Headway’s] ambulance, in particular, cannot draw up to the entrance and clients and their carers are forced to navigate through the parked cars on foot.

“This is not desirable and presents a real risk to those individuals.”

Mrs Edwards replied that the tone of the letter was “insulting and patronising” and this led to her meeting with Mr Kennedy where it was decided to introduce the laminated signs.

Mrs Carlson said the scheme had made no real difference.

Dave Adamson, leader of the Henley 1st scout group which also uses the car park, said he didn’t think there was problem.

He said: “It is one of the few places left in Henley where people can park freely and I don’t see any people taking advantage of it.

“Even at peak times, with just a bit of consideration, it can be managed so that everybody is happy.”

•What do you you think? Write to: Letters, Henley Standard, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley, RG9 1AD or email letters@henley standard.co.uk

“We know that there are problems as the school has a large catchment area coupled with the fact that there is no parking at the school at all. From our point of view, we lease this building and in with the lease we have permission to park on this land.

“I think some of the parents who use the car park now are remembering a time when this building was empty when they would not have been a problem.”

She suggested the school should consider creating a walking bus so that parents would not need to use the car park.

Mrs Carlson said: “I don’t think that we would ever have a problem in that car park if it was only used by the people who are using these buildings and members of the public who are using Makins recreation ground.”

But Mr Adamson says he doesn’t see a problem with members of the public using the car park.

He said: “When we look at the use of the car park it is largely empty and we think it’s nice that it is one of the few places left in Henley where people can park freely and I don’t see any people taking advantage of it.

“Even at peak times, with just a bit of consideration, it can be managed so that everybody is happy.”

Town clerk Mike Kennedy wrote to Mrs Edwards and Tom Espley, principal of The Henley College, about the ongoing issue in September.

In his letter to Mrs Edwards, Mr Kennedy wrote: “Their [Headway’s] ambulance, in particular, cannot draw up to the entrance and clients and their carers are forced to navigate through the parked cars on foot. This is not desireable and presents a real risk to those individuals affected.

“This is not the first time I have had to draw your attention to the difficulties experienced by Headway in the car park. We have asked you on a number of occasions to advise parents that their consideration of others were required but all our previous attempts seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.”

In her reply, Mrs Edwards criticised his tone, describing the letter as “both insulating and patronising”.

Mr Kennedy and Mrs Edwards held a meeting last month and a decision was made to introduce the laminated signs. About twenty signs have been collected by parents from the school office. so far.

Mrs Edwards said: “At the beginning and the end of the day we have been monitoring the situation and we are continuing to do that to see just how many people are using it and what the difficulties are.

“We are communicating with parents because the last thing in the world that we want is for there to be no possibility of us being able to park there for a short period of time.

“We have no school car park, we still haven’t got a safe crossing and people park all the way along Grey’s Road. We have children from Assendon, Bix and Benson whose parents can’t walk them to school- it’s not that the parents can’t be bothered to walk with their children.”

She says she is continuing to liaise with Mrs Carlson and Mr Adamson to try and find a solution which suits everybody’s needs.

“Henley is a community and it is quite tightly drawn so we just need to continue to work together to find the best solution,” she said.

Mr Epsley said students are fined if they are found to be parking in the Makins recreation ground car park.

He said: “Our policy is very clear- that students shouldn’t be parking there. What happens if they do and we get complaints is we will get the students to move their car and they will pay a £5 fine.

“It shouldn’t be happening but it’s been an on and off saga because students view it as somewhere else to park.”



ends





photo to follow

A CHARITY wants to stop students and parents using the car park outside its base in Henley.

Headway Thames Valley, which helps people with brain injuries, is based at Brunner Hall, off Greys Road, which it rents from the town council.

But the car park, which should only be used by the charity and members of the public visiting Makins recreation ground, is being used by students at The Henley College and parents when picking up children at Sacred Heart Primary School in Greys Hill, which doesn’t have a car park.

The council has written to both the college and the school asking them to stop the practice but the charity says the problem still exists.

Wendy Carlson, manager of Headway, said: “There is a clash in timings as the parents are here collecting their children and we have two minibuses coming to take people home, clients driving themselves and carers collecting patients. This is not something you would choose to have happening at the same time from a safety point of view.

“We know the school has a large catchment area coupled with the fact that there is no parking at the school but from our point of view, we lease this building and we have permission to park on this land.

“I think some of the parents who use the car park are remembering a time when this building was empty and there would not have been a problem.”

She suggested that the school created a “walking bus” so that parents would not need to use the car park.

Mrs Carlson said: “I don’t think that we would ever have a problem in the car park if it was only used by the people who are using the building and members of the public visiting Makins recreation ground.” Sacred Heart headteacher Karen Edwards said: “We have no school car park, we still haven’t got a safe crossing and people park all the way along Greys Road.

“We have children from Assendon, Bix and Benson whose parents can’t walk them to school — it’s not that the parents can’t be bothered to walk with their children.”

Following a meeting with town clerk Mike Kennedy, the school has introduced laminated signs for parents to display when using the car park to access the school. So far, about 20 signs have been collected by parents from the school office.

Mrs Edwards said: “We are monitoring the situation to see just how many people are using the car park and what the difficulties are.

“We are communicating with parents because the last thing in the world that we want is for there to be no possibility of parents being able to park there for a short time.

“Henley is a community and it is quite tightly drawn so we just need to continue to work together to find the best solution.”

College principal Tom Espley said students were fined if they were found to be using the car park.

He said: “Our policy is very clear — students shouldn’t park there. If they do and we get complaints, we will get the student to move their car and they will pay a £5 fine.

“It shouldn’t be happening but it is an on-off saga because students view it as somewhere to park.”

In September, Mr Kennedy wrote to Mrs Edwards and Mr Espley asking them to take action.

He said: “This is not the first time I have had to draw your attention to the difficulties experienced by Headway in the car park.

“We have asked you on a number of occasions to advise parents that their consideration of others was required but all our previous attempts seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

“Their [Headway’s] ambulance, in particular, cannot draw up to the entrance and clients and their carers are forced to navigate through the parked cars on foot.

“This is not desirable and presents a real risk to those individuals.”

Mrs Edwards replied that the tone of the letter was “insulting and patronising” and this led to her meeting with Mr Kennedy where it was decided to introduce the laminated signs.

Mrs Carlson said the scheme had made no real difference.

Dave Adamson, leader of the Henley 1st scout group which also uses the car park, said he didn’t think there was problem.

He said: “It is one of the few places left in Henley where people can park freely and I don’t see any people taking advantage of it.

“Even at peak times, with just a bit of consideration, it can be managed so that everybody is happy.”

lWhat do you you think? Write to: Letters, Henley Standard, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley, RG9 1AD or email letters@henley standard.co.uk

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