School in a spot over parking plans

By Jessica Elgot, July 18, 2008

Staff and parents at Edgware’s Menorah Foundation Primary are upset over Barnet Council’s revised controlled-parking-zone proposals for Burnt Oak.

Initial plans included Abbots Road, where the school is located, prompting complaints that it would be impossible for parents of the 230 pupils to drop and collect them safely.

Although the amended proposals leave Abbots Road just outside the zone, Menorah bursar Hilary Krotosky fears that commuter parking will “clutter up the road from beginning to end of the school day”, creating further problems.

Jacqueline Curzon, a mother of three Menorah pupils, complained: “I can only hold two hands at once and it’s dangerous to park far away from the school and walk young children over a roundabout in bad weather. I have watched parents driving round and round looking for a parking space. Our carbon emissions must be through the roof.”

Local Jewish councillor Brian Gordon said the council had taken note of the original objections. “However, the knock-on effect of the latest proposals does have to be taken into account.”

Last updated: 3:32pm, July 22 2009