It's a project to promote sustainable travel and reduce the impact of school gate parking. It will operate initially as an 18 month pilot during which time its success will be monitored.
The scheme will go live in August 2019.
The School Streets pilot will go live in August 2019 and over the next six months we are keen to hear about how the scheme is working for you. All feedback will be evaluated, and the scheme will be adapted if necessary.
You can leave feedback by emailing us.
At the end of this period, all responses to the six schemes will be considered and a decision made as to whether the schemes should be made permanent, modified or revoked.
Your views will be forwarded to the Council's Road Safety Unit who will evaluate all responses that are received.
Residents of the affected streets will automatically receive a permit which they will be required to display in their vehicle windscreen whenever they drive through the restriction. For further information visit our School Streets Permits page.
Parents or carers dropping children at school will not be eligible for a permit.
Restrictions times can be found on our How the scheme will work page.
At this time it is not proposed to provide permits to visitors. The scheme is being launched as a trial and once live we will be inviting feedback from members of the public. We are keen to hear about your experiences and as part of this we will review the feedback received, and look to put in place measures to mitigate any resulting issues where feasible.
District nurses, carers and similar support workers will be exempt from the restriction and will not require a permit.
Blue badge holders are exempt from the restriction and will not require a permit.
The Police are the enforcing body. The Council will initially be working with the Police to ensure that local residents and users of the road network are aware of the new restriction and are adhering to it.
The Police are able to issue a £50 fixed penalty fine to anyone caught driving through the restriction when it is in force.
There will be gateway signs at the entrance to each restricted street with details of the times that the restriction is in force. The Police are engaged with the Council and fully supportive of the initiative.
Parents/carers not able to walk their whole journey to school are being asked to park outside of the restriction and complete the last part on foot.
We are currently working with local businesses to identify suitable alternative parking locations.
We ask that all parents/carers park considerately and consider the access needs of local residents when parking.
Residents will be able to continue to access the S-CFZ when the restriction is in force. Any existing parking restrictions in place on the roads will continue to operate and anyone parking on them will be liable for the relevant penalty notice
The six schools will be issued with an emergency permit which they will be able to allocate to staff or visitors with a specific need to drive through the School Streets during the period of the restriction.
We have identified a number of locations where parents and carers may wish to consider parking. Individuals with specific mobility concerns who are blue badge holders are exempt from the restriction and therefore will be unaffected by the proposal.
The scheme will only operate during the week, Monday to Friday during school term time only and will not be enforced when the school is closed, for example, bank holidays or in-service days.
Through the scheme we will be promoting alternative forms of travel and encouraging parents and children to walk to school from home. As such we do not anticipate significant levels of increased parking displacement, although it is acknowledged that there will be some as it is not possible for all parents/carers to walk to school.
Where this is not possible, we have been working with local businesses to identify alternative parking locations for parents/carers to use. See our where can I park answer for further information.