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Decision details

School Streets

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Decision:

11.1

The Committee considered a report of the Executive Director – City Futures.  The report described the measures taken to restrict vehicle movements and associated inappropriate parking at four school locations across the city through the introduction of a School Streets scheme (restriction of the road outside school gate to all but exempt traffic at certain times) via a series of Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs).

 

It sets out officer’s responses to objections received in respect of the ETROs and seeks a decision from the Policy Committee as to making the School Streets scheme permanent by making the restrictions in the associated ETROs permanent.

 

 

11.2

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee:-

 

 

 

Having considered the representations received and having determined that the reasons to support the proposals outweigh any objections, it is agreed that:

The Traffic Regulation Orders are made in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984;

Establish the 4 School Street schemes on a permanent basis at the 4 locations shown on the plans in Appendix B.

 

 

11.3

Reasons for Decision

 

11.3.2

The proposed measures (the making permanent of the School Streets schemes described in this report) will address the following:

  • Dangerous parking at the school entrances by parents dropping off and collecting children from school
  • Idling engines at the school gates
  • Traffic congestion outside school gates
  • Improve conditions for those who walk, cycle and scoot to school
  • Encourage others to leave the car at home and choose active ways of getting to school
  • Health benefits for all
  • Community benefits as streets are prioritised for active journeys become a more enjoyable space to use.
  • Where planters at scheme entrances are used the school and community can take ownership of their street and be proud of their space.

 

 

11.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

11.4.1

The only alternative is to not introduce School Streets at these locations, this is not considered to be an acceptable option.  The removal of obstructive parking and dangerous vehicle manoeuvres outside the school gates ensures the safety for the most vulnerable users at these times. Consequently, the measures proposed will contribute to pedestrian & cyclists’ safety and their removal will result in the opposite

 

Without the introduction of the School Street outlined in this report, all the road safety, accessibility, and air quality issues, for children, their families & local residents will remain. 

 

The beneficial effects of the proposed measures do not incur the penalty of having adverse effects on either the climate or the economy as there are none.

 

 

 

Publication date: 27/09/2022

Date of decision: 21/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee

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