What are school streets?
School Streets are, in their simplest form, timed closures to motor traffic outside schools - usually during pick up and drop off times.
How will the school street work?
For the trial, we are closing off the part of Mansfield Road starting from the junction of Coppard Gardens up to the roundabout at the school entrance. The trial will see this section of road monitored by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera which will detect vehicles travelling in to the restricted area. The restriction will only apply at certain times of the day to coincide with the school pickup and drop offs. We are sending out this pre scheme questionnaire to gain your feedback.
What time are the restrictions enforceable?
The timings are dependent on the school and location of the school street. Lovelace School Street timings will be from 8:15-9:15 in the morning and 2:30-3:30 in the afternoon.
Is there a penalty charge for entering the School Street?
What if I’m already within the school street parking zone?
I’m a blue badge holder? Will I be able to enter the school street?
I'm a parent or carer, can I enter the school street zone?
How was the school chosen for the trial?
Kingston Council have been working with Lovelace Primary School for a number of years to promote sustainable travel to and from school. We are responding to issues brought forward by residents regarding anti social behaviour from people doing the school run.
How long will the scheme last?
Why was my neighbour consulted before the scheme?
Won’t the scheme push parking issues elsewhere?
Were other options explored to improve the traffic problem and safety outside the school before the introduction of the school street scheme?
They will have tried publicity, training and promotion activities to improve the situation, often with limited success. Other traffic management options, like One-Way Systems or extensive parking restrictions, may have been considered, but to introduce them on a permanent 24/7 basis would penalise those residents living in the affected streets based on an issue that occurs only during school term times at drop-off and pick-up times. It would also not discourage or penalise parking on school zig zag crossings.
The School Streets project provides an opportunity to trial a new way of addressing concerns raised around school parking and congestion, whilst encouraging and enabling alternative and sustainable forms of travel to school.
What will happen with deliveries to the school/my property?
What happens if I have a courtesy car or have to use another car?
Should the closed times be shorter?