14th Oct, 2019

Three more Solihull schools in line for parking bans on streets

Sarah Mason 24th Jul, 2019

PARENTS will no longer be able to drive or park in the streets around three more Solihull schools as part of efforts to tackle problem parking and air pollution.

Clifton Crescent near Widney Juniors School in Shirley, Windrush Close near St Andrew’s School in Lyndon and and Wayside near Marston Green Junior and Infant School in Bickenhill will be included in the next stage of the council’s School Streets project.

Parents of pupils at the schools will be faced with a fine if they are caught parking or driving on roads near the schools at the beginning and end of the day.

Those living in the restricted streets will have permits to display in their vehicles.

The proposals were approved at the Environment and highways meeting on Tuesday (July 23).

There will now be a 21-day consultation.

Around £30,000 has been set aside to introduce the traffic regulation orders.

The new changes have been earmarked to come into force in January 2020 or following the February half-term.

The council had previously trialed the system – which applies at peak times of the day – at Haslucks Green Juniors, Oak Cottage Primary and Marston Green Infant Academy.

It agreed earlier this year to look at options to roll it out elsewhere.

A total of 11 schools around the borough were considered and the list was whittled down to three, where it is believed the scheme would have the most success.

The other schools considered for inclusion in phase two were: Castle Bromwich Juniors, Tudor Grange, St James Primary School, Dickens Heath Primary, Burman Infants, Yew Tree Primary, Yorkswood Primary, Balsall Common Primary and Hazeloak School.

The scheme – which gives police the power to issue £50 fines to those drivers who flout the restrictions – was first introduced to the borough in September 2017.

The initial aim was to encourage people to walk, cycle or scoot to school with the aim of easing congestion in the streets surrounding the schools.

Following an 18-month trial the scheme was made permanent and is now set to roll out to other schools across the borough.

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