Have your say on new School Streets

A 6 week consultation will start on 18 October on six new School Streets closures.

We would like to hear your views on the proposals for School Streets at the following schools:

Use the links above to view the plans for each school and have your say. Complete the online surveys by 29 November 2021.

To request a paper copy or another format, please send an email to: transport.projects@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 295795 and leave a message with your request.

For more information on School Streets in the city send an email to school.streets@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

What School Streets aims to do

School Streets is the council’s programme designed to address issues that many schools suffer with including double parking, congestion, road safety and air quality issues immediately outside their school.

The restrictions outside school entrances are designed to reduce traffic at drop off and pick up times, making it easier and safer to walk, cycle and scoot for all or part of the school journey.

They create a more pleasant environment for everyone, while making sure residents, businesses, Blue Badge holders and the emergency services can still use the road at all times.

In addition to providing engineering measures such as School Streets, we work with schools to update their travel plans, provide pedestrian and cycle training to children and deliver school assemblies on sustainability and active travel to encouraging walking and cycling.

How School Streets works

We assess streets outside schools using a range of criteria that was approved by the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee to determine the eligibility of roads around schools for engineering measures and restrictions.

Specific roads around the participating schools will be restricted at certain times of the day, to coincide with children arriving and leaving school.

This will be within the windows of:

  • 8am to 10am
  • 2pm to 4pm

School Streets closures operate Monday to Friday, term-time only and won’t operate at weekends or during school holidays.

The restrictions are legally enforced through a Traffic Regulation Order. Additional enforcement methods exist on a case by case basis. This may include the use of physical barriers such as gates which will be operated by School Streets volunteers or school staff. Signs at the entrances to the road will inform drivers of the restriction.

People who won't be affected by the restrictions

Some people will have access to the road at all times.

The timed access restrictions will not apply to:

  • residents who live on the street
  • Blue Badge holders
  • emergency services
  • doctors and care visitors to residents in the street
  • business owners with premises in the street
  • contract school transport

However, we ask that any drivers permitted to enter School Streets to try and time their arrivals and departures outside of the closure times. This will reduce the number of vehicles accessing the street while families are arriving at or leaving school. Parking restrictions will operate as normal.

Enforcing the schemes

In most Local Authorities, a School Streets closure is enforced by the police, road signs and a Traffic Regulation Order. A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) may be issued to vehicles parked in contravention of road traffic regulations. The level of the penalty will vary according to the type of contravention.

Schools participating in School Streets

The School Streets listed below are either already in operation or where a School Street is proposed to start in the academic year 21/22.

School name

Closure extent

Closure start date Closure times

Downs Infant

Florence Place

September 2020

8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm

Brunswick Primary

Somerhill Rd

September 2020 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm

St Luke's Primary

Queens Park Rise

September 2020

8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm

Downs Junior

Grantham Road and Edburton Ave

TBC 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm
Hove Junior School Road TBC 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm
St Nicolas CE Primary Highlands Road March 2021  8am to 10am and
2pm to 4pm 

Queen’s Park Primary

Freshfield Place TBC 8am to 10am and
2pm to 4pm 
St Mary's Catholic Primary Vale Gardens TBC 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm
Westdene Primary Barn Rise TBC 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm

For more information on School Streets in the city send an email to school.streets@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

For residents living on a school street

Can I drive in and out of my street during operating times?

Yes, residents’ vehicles will be permitted to enter and leave the designated School Street during operating times. However, we are asking residents to try and time their arrivals and departures outside of the closure times. This will reduce the number of vehicles accessing the street while families are arriving at or leaving school. We are also asking residents to drive at walking pace (approx.5mph) if they need to drive through the street during the restricted times.

What about deliveries?

We are asking residents to try to schedule deliveries so they arrive outside the restricted times. If this is not possible, delivery drivers will be permitted to enter the street without penalty.

What about tradespeople needing to come to my house to carry out work?

We are asking residents to try to schedule tradespeople so they arrive outside the restricted times. If this is not possible, tradespeople visiting a residents’ house to carry out work will be permitted to enter the street without penalty.

For businesses trading from a School Street

Can I drive in and out of the School Street during closure times?

Yes, vehicles of people working at a business premises in the street will be permitted to enter and leave the designated School Street during operating times. However, we are asking businesses to try and time their arrivals and departures outside of the closure times. This will reduce the number of vehicles accessing the street while families are arriving at or leaving school. We are also asking people to drive at walking pace (approx.5mph) if they need to drive through the street during the restricted times.

What about deliveries to my business premises?

We are asking businesses to try to schedule deliveries so they arrive outside the restricted times, if possible. If this is not possible, delivery drivers will be permitted to enter the street without penalty.

For anyone else (who is not a resident or business trading in the street)

As a Blue Badge holder, can I enter the School Street?

Yes, you are permitted to enter and leave the School Street if you are a Blue Badge holder. If you are entering a school street that has a barrier

such as a gate, then the School Streets marshals at the barriers will be able to let you in or out. The Blue Badge must be shown to the marshals.

Will school staff be allowed to enter the School Street?

If the school has on-premises parking, school staff will be permitted to enter the School Street during the timed restrictions to access the parking. However, we are asking staff to avoid doing this if possible, and to arrive and leave the on-premises parking outside the times the restrictions are in place.

For parents/carers taking their children to school

As a parent/carer, can I drive into the School Street?

No. During the restricted times, parents or carers will not be allowed to enter the School Street in their vehicles, unless you or your child are a Blue Badge holder, your child is a Compass Card holder and attends that specific school as a pupil, are a resident of the School Street or have a business premises in the street. You will still be able to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

For drivers who do not live or work on the School Street

The vehicles that are not permitted to enter the scheme during restricted times include:

  • general traffic
  • parents/carers taking their children to school (unless they or their child are a Blue Badge holder or Compass Card holder)
  • business and school employees without on-premises parking

What if I am already parked inside the scheme when it comes into operation?

Other drivers who want to access the School Street must arrive outside the hours of operation, or they can temporarily park outside the zone and then move their vehicle once the timed restrictions end. All vehicles already parked in the scheme before the times of operation will be able to leave when they need to, without penalty.

What other motor vehicles are allowed in the scheme?

Emergency services have access to the street at all times and the restrictions do not apply to them. Contract school transport vehicles have access to drop off or pick up pupils from the school or their home address if it is within a School Street scheme.