Council clampdown will improve children’s safety

Besi Besemar September 22, 2014

Motorists who persist in driving and parking on pavements and verges around schools, putting children’s safety at risk, could receive on-the-spot fines.

Brighton & Hove City Council

Brighton and Hove City Council is launching the second phase of its multi-agency initiative to target inconsiderate driving in areas around four city schools.

During October, council and police officers will be out and about in the streets around schools where poor parking behaviour has been reported. The initiative aims to highlight the dangers of stopping and parking on pavements and verges, to encourage motorists to drive responsibly and to improve safety for everyone, especially pedestrians walking to and from school.

It follows a successful campaign earlier this year to deal with nuisance and antisocial parking behaviour at locations throughout the city.

Action days will be held on:

* Tuesday, October 21, a.m.: Rudyard Kipling Primary School,  Woodingdean.  Centred around Chalkland Rise, Downs Valley Road and Crescent Drive South

* Wednesday, October 22, p.m.:  Westdene Primary School, Bankside, Brighton.  Centred around Bankside, Barn Rise and Dene Vale

* Thursday, October 23, a.m.: Aldrington CE Primary School, Hove. Centred around Eridge Road junction with Nevill Road, and both sides of Nevill Road between nos. 120 and 156 inclusive

* Friday, October 24, p.m.: Hangleton Infant and Junior Schools, Hove. Centred around top end of Dale View and junctions with Summerdale and 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.

Cllr Pete West
Cllr Pete West

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. Therefore it is vital to ensure that nearby pavements and junctions are kept free from obstruction and that motorists remain alert and drive thoughtfully to enable everyone to travel safely to and from school.”