CCTV plan over school parking


A van fitted with CCTV is set to be deployed outside schools in Lincolnshire to tackle problem parking at pupil drop-off and pick-up times.

Lincolnshire County Council is to run the pilot in the hope of deterring parents and carers from parking irresponsibly.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport, said: “Some of the parking I have seen outside schools has been quite dangerous – I’ve witnessed a number of near-misses and we have to do something about it. Pedestrians and children are put at risk by parents in a rush, some almost literally try and drive their cars into the classroom.”

“In one enforcement I did with the police at Gonerby Hill Foot, a parent nearly hit a police officer. The motorist then almost blamed the officer for standing on the pavement.

“Outside some schools, parents park across driveways or sometimes in them when the occupants want to go to work. This isn’t fair and can cause a massive inconvenience.”

It is not yet known where or when the pilot would run, but Coun Davies said it would see the authority enforcing the same regulations as if it had a traffic warden present – giving double parking and parking on double yellow lines as examples of when it could take action.

“We have a real problem and it has got to the stage where something needs to be done - this is about the safety of children,” he added.

The pilot has been welcomed by senior teachers at schools in the county.

Ellie Hextall, head of academy at Boston’s Haven High Academy, said: “I would welcome any strategy that promotes the safety of all our children and the pedestrians, drivers and cyclists as they come to and from the academy. We extended our car park a couple of years ago to encourage parents to park on our site but we do still have difficulties at the end of the day in particular.

“I believe a publicity campaign on the legalities of parking particularly near junctions would help too, it’s a long time since many of us took our test and this sort of thing may have been forgotten.”