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School Keep Clear Enforcement Zone

Meeting: 21/09/2022 - Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 5)

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Emily Brough (Parking Project Engineer) summarised that:

  • The objective of the project was to undertake remedial works required to enable enforcement of all school keep clear zones around primary schools in Warwickshire
  • The Parking Management team receive lots of complaints/concerns/requests for enforcement around schools from head teachers, the police, councillors, and local residents
  • The project is to improve safety of the school commute and promote active travel
  • The project sits within the initiatives of the School Parking Working Group. They created a priority list set to a criteria
  • To get this list the School Education team were liaised with and the parking survey data from 2021 was looked through along with data of collisions from the last five years within 300 metres of the school entrance sites. Any repeated expressions of concern received from the public was considered too
  • The list was only draft at the time of the meeting
  • If approved the project will then undertake TROs (traffic regulation orders) for the list and then it will go out to contractors to get the projects enforced


In response to the Chair, Emily Brough confirmed she looked at all primary schools in Warwickshire to get the ones on the list. Collisions involving pedestrians were prioritised along with the more severe collisions. All primary schools will get this eventually, but the listed schools would be prioritised first. The Chair noted that TROs are done in batches.


In response to the Councillor Chilvers, Emily Brough stated that most the work for the TROs had been done as they needed to do mapping for enforcement.

Following a supplementary from Councillor Chilvers, Emily Brough clarified that primary schools were focused on first as more commuters came in care but secondary schools could be looked at in the future.


Following a question from Councillor Bhagwant Pandher, Emily Brough said there would first be one enforcement vehicle for the listed locations to make sure it works, if successful they would obtain several for four years. The TRO had scope to instal static cameras outside schools, but it was unknown which schools would need these most. Therefore, the mobile vehicle would be installed first then static cameras could be investigated.


In response to Councillor Sinclair, Emily Brough said no timeframes were available yet as the TRO needed to be done first along with mapping for the contractors. She agreed to share details on the contractors timeframes when available.


In response to Councillor Mejar Singh, Emily Brough said that this scheme should lead to behavioural change and get parents to park further away from the school as the vehicles will be a physical presence. This will make the keep clear zone less congested.


Following a question from Councillor Baxter-Payne. Emily Brough confirmed that they were liaising with the School Education team and they were restarting the ‘cars and kids don’t mix’ campaign on educating parents to not park on or blocking drives of residents near schools.


Councillor Andy Crump (Portfolio Holder – Fire & Rescue and Community Safety) noted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5