Pilot scheme at Grantham school will see parents found parking on ‘keep clear’ areas fined

Traffic outside the National Junior School in Grantham.
Traffic outside the National Junior School in Grantham.
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Mobile CCTV cameras will be used to enforce parking restrictions outside a Grantham school.

The pilot scheme will see the cameras used at National Junior School in Castlegate. The pilot has been given the backing of county councillors this week in a bid to stop drivers parking on ‘keep clear’ lines and other restricted areas and so increase safety at schools.

It will be implemented at seven other schools around the county from January.

A report to county councillors this week said: “The use of a mobile CCTV enforcement vehicle would enhance the safety of children and council employees during the opening and closing hours of schools, assist in the improvement of traffic flows and help to reduce highway congestion. The CCTV vehicle could also help to improve safety at pedestrian crossings and other keep-clear areas.”

The total cost of the scheme will be £69,073 and it will run until July 2017, when it will be reviewed and a decision taken on whether to implement a permanent scheme.

Headteacher at National Junior School Kay Sutherland told the Journal: “There is a parking problem outside every school. The National is on a one-way street and we have no car park so it comes with an inherent problem.

“But 99 per cent of our parents follow the rules and keep their children safe. I suppose a small minority forget to keep children safe. We have never had an accident but I can see why they feel there is a need. The school is in a town centre and it does get very busy.”

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, gave the green light for the pilot scheme. He said: “Pedestrians and children are put at risk by parents in a rush who park irresponsibly outside schools. Some parents park across nearby driveways, blocking residents in to their own properties. This isn’t fair and can cause a massive inconvenience.

“Our parking wardens already patrol outside of schools to enforce traffic restrictions such as double parking and parking on double yellow lines.

“Unfortunately, it is very difficult for them to deter people from parking on ‘keep clear zig zags’ as motorists drop off their children and quickly leave before a warden can take action.

“You can’t stop or park in these zones at any time – they must be kept clear to keep children and pedestrians safe. To counteract this we are proposing running a pilot scheme using a van equipped with CCTV equipment to record motorists who park here. Registration plates would then be used to generate a penalty charge notice, which would be posted to the vehicle owner.”

The pilot scheme will also be run at nominated schools in Boston, Sleaford and Lincoln.