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Harris Academy head writes to parents after driver mounts kerb during school run

THE HEAD of Harris Academy Primary in Chafford Hundred has written to parents after a driver described as a "parent" mounted the pavement during a school run.

The publication of the letter comes after increasing concerns regarding traffic near the school.

Even this morning (Thurs Feb 12th) BBC Essex visited the area to discuss the concerns of residents and parents regarding the area.

Executive principal, Matt Britt said:

"Dear Parents and Carers

"I am writing to let you know that it has been reported to me that on Monday afternoon around 3.30 p.m. a parent performed a three point turn on Mayflower Road, mounting the curb. This could have had serious consequences as children were walking and standing nearby.

"I am aware that as Harris Primary Academy Mayflower expands there is a lot of local concern about traffic. I can totally reassure you that with the staggered start to the day (Mayflower will start at 8.30 a.m. and finish at 3.00 p.m.), the footpath entrance from Mill Lane, as well as the extensive drop off parent and visitor only car parking on the new site, along with another key measures, we are confident that we have done everything possible to manage any potential traffic risks.

I am still aware that this all very much depends on all of us who use the roads being responsible. Wherever possible we would ask that journeys are made on foot, bicycle or public transport. In the event of this not being possible, as I myself know coming in each day from West Kent, then it is essential we drive and park safely and to the letter of the law.

Our local residents are realistic about the need for a new primary school to serve Chafford Hundred and West Thurrock, and seem positive about the new academy.

They are concerned about a potential increase in traffic and we can all help by driving and parking considerately.

Thank you for your support.

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