21 October 2014

Action to tackle dangerous parking around schools

Action days are being held around four schools in Brighton & Hove this week to highlight the dangers of parking on pavements and grass verges .

During the week Brighton & Hove City Council road safety staff, parking enforcement officers and police officers will be out and about in streets around schools where there have been reports of inconsiderate parking putting children’s safety at risk. Motorists who persist in driving and parking on pavements and verges around schools could receive fines.

The multi-agency initiative aims to encourage motorists to drive and park responsibly and improve safety for everyone, especially pedestrians walking to school.

It follows a successful campaign earlier this year to deal with nuisance and anti-social parking behaviour at locations throughout the city. http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/press-release/council-tackles-pavement-parking

Action days are being held on:
* Tuesday 21 October AM Rudyard Kipling Primary School, Woodingdean. Centered around Chalkland Rise, Downs Valley Road and Crescent Drive South
* Wednesday 22 October PM Westdene Primary School, Bankside, Brighton. Centered around: Bankside, Barn Rise and Dene Vale
* Thursday 23 October AM Aldrington CE Primary School, Hove. Centered around Eridge Road junction with Nevill Road, and both sides of Nevill Road between nos. 120 and 156 inclusive.
* Friday 24 October PM Hangleton Infant and Junior Schools, Hove. Centered around top end of Dale View and junctions with Summerdale & Gleton Roads

Enforcement action will be taken against illegal, inconsiderate and unsafe parking and poor driver behaviour. This includes parking on double yellow lines or other waiting and loading restrictions, driving and parking on verges and footways, use of mobile phones when driving and any other road traffic offence.

Councillor Pete West, chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said:
“Our Safer Routes to School programmes are encouraging more and more children to travel to the classroom on foot, bike or scooter. Therefore it is vital to ensure that nearby pavements and junctions are kept free from obstruction, and motorists behave considerately to enable everyone to travel safely to and from school.”

The enforcement complements the council's Park Safe, Walk Safe campaign which
aims to raise awareness of Keep Clear zig zag markings outside schools and the need to keep the area safe and congestion free.

Schools can take advantage of a range of resources, such as banners, poster and postcards, to help promote the campaign to the local community.