Trial to tackle school parking issues gets underway

A 12-month trial is being launched to combat the problems of inconsiderate parking outside schools across the county.

The county council’s School Keep Clear scheme, with one-off funding of £500,000 set aside, aims to address concerns that parents, residents and teachers have about parking during the school run.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport said: “We’re launching the scheme which essentially makes more zig-zag zones enforceable outside schools and we believe it will go some way to alleviating concerns.

“We work closely with schools and colleges to improve issues around on-street parking as well as pedestrian and pupil safety and we invited schools to register their interest in the scheme.”

The work involves ensuring traffic regulation orders are in place through upgrading mandatory signs and lines so the zones are enforceable.

A total of 32 schools that already have the necessary mandatory markings are taking part in the trial. Another 25 schools who have reported issues with parking also registered an interest, but are not yet eligible to begin the trial as further work is needed at their locations.

Enforcement officers will continue with their normal duties while a camera car is also being used as part of the scheme.

Using automatic number plate recognition technology, the car will be used by officers to collect the necessary evidence to enable fines to be issued, via post, to drivers who park on zig-zag markings.

Councillor Pain added: “Ideally, the schools and local communities will work together to encourage parents to park appropriately on the school run, and we provide help and guidance on school travel plans to help tackle the problem where necessary.”

If a school wants to be considered for future rounds of the School Keep Clear scheme, they should email


(Editor: – £1/2 Million – seems a lot to me ! ).

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