20th Feb, 2020

Crackdown on parents parking could expand to three more Solihull schools

John Carlon 14th Feb, 2020 Updated: 14th Feb, 2020

A SCHEME to stop parents parking near schools could be expanded, the council has said.

Solihull Council has opened up a consultation on restricting school pick-up and drop-off parking around Widney Junior, Marston Green Junior and St Andrew’s Primary schools.

Residents with permits and emergency vehicles will be exempt.

The council said: “Phase 2 of School Streets proposes to extend this scheme to selected roads. It restricts traffic on roads leading to the three schools at the start and end of the school day.

“In doing so, the scheme is intended to promote sustainable, healthy travel for school children, whilst addressing traffic management and pollution issues at the school gate which are common concerns for many.

“Each ‘School Street’ is backed by a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which is a legal process required to implement the proposed restrictions. As with all TROs, residents, parents and carers will have 21 days to provide their feedback, from Friday 14 February until Friday 6 March.

“After this, all representations received will be considered and if the proposals are given the go ahead, the schools will see the scheme start after Easter.”

Coun Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways, explains: “Since its introduction, School Streets has helped to positively influence travel and traffic behaviour around the three schools where the scheme is in place, reducing congestion and improving air quality.

“We hope that by extending this successful scheme we can replicate the resulting safer and more pleasant environment at three other schools.”

The restriction was previously in force around Haslucks Green Junior School in Shirley, Marston Green Infant Academy on Elm Farm Avenue and Oak Cottage Primary School on Greswolde Road.

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