A small child was hit by a car on their way to school in Woodside yesterday morning, after being forced to walk in the road because of building works and pavement parking.
The incident occurred at the junction of Longhurst and Stockbury roads, less than 250 yards from the school gates. Nearby is a Brick by Brick building site.
Fortunately, the child was not seriously hurt, though understandably frightened and shaken, and council cabinet member Stuart King quickly undertook to look into the road safety issues when alerted.
A concerned resident, who asked not to be identified but who witnessed the incident, told Inside Croydon, “The area where the child was run down, the pavement closures and pavement parking at the Stockbury Road entrance to the estate are because of work being done by Brick by Brick.
“The child is OK and went back to school on the same day. The building works are ongoing.
“They started last year and the pavement parking is people visiting the site, and also by large delivery lorries.
“These new homes are being built on the site of old garages, and that has forced more residents to park in the road on a route children used to be able to walk to school safely.
“Now they have to cross at blind corners and between parked cars.
“Yesterday was a lucky near-miss. But it ought never have been allowed to happen.”
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