SOLIHULL Council is taking action on motorists parking inappropriately outside schools across the borough – and has been out on the streets to hit the message home.
Councillor Ted Richards OBE, Cabinet Member for Transport & Highways, and Chief Executive Nick Page have been out and about visiting primary schools to talk to drivers about inconsiderate and dangerous parking.
They have been accompanied by Solihull Police Commander Bas Javid and Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Allan Green, as well as traffic enforcement officers who have carried out appropriate enforcement when needed.
The action comes following an increase in complaints from local residents about parents parking outside schools and surrounding roads to drop off and collect their children, which is causing a danger to pedestrians and other road users.
Examples include parking on yellow lines, parking on pavements, blocking driveways, and parking on school keep clear zones.
Coun Richards said: “While parking outside schools at drop-off and pick-up times isn’t a new issue, we have recently noticed an increase in reports from concerned residents.
“These recent visits have allowed us to see the situation first hand and act on any occasions where drivers have parked illegally or dangerously.
“The Council is committed to ensuring the borough’s roads are safe for all and we hope this visible presence sends out a clear message that we are listening to the concerns of residents and will take appropriate action against people who choose to park in this way.”
From September the Council will be introducing ‘School Streets’ at three primary schools across the borough.
School Streets will limit traffic in a number of streets surrounding schools involved in the pilot at key times, meaning that motorists will not be able to park in these neighbouring roads to drop off or collect their children. This will be for an initial period of 18 months.
Vehicles without a permit will not be able to drive in, out or around the designated area when the scheme is in operation, for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon (depending on school start and finish times) during term time. The aim is to ease inconsiderate parking outside schools and encourage a safer and more active lifestyle for school children.
All residents will be issued with free permits for their cars and only those with permits will be able to use the roads during these times.
Coun Richards added: “The aim of this new scheme is to ease inconsiderate parking outside schools and encourage a safer and more active lifestyle for school children.
“The scheme has already been adopted in Edinburgh with early positive feedback, so we hope it will bring similar benefits to Solihull.”