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Part time car ban from school streets

THE FIRST moves to officially ban cars from outside schools in two city streets will be made next week.

Councillors will be asked to approve an order banning vehicles between 8.30 and 9.15am and 3 and 3.30pm the entire length of St Marys’ Lane, Lochee and Fintry Place east of the Forthill Primary School access road.

Will Dawson, convener of the city development committee said: “This move is part of our determination to improve pupils’ safety around our schools.

“This was a key reason that the School Parking and Pupils Safety Working Group was formed and I am pleased to see that some of the measures it has proposed are coming to fruition.”

In the case of Forthill Primary School a clearway was introduced in 2012 prohibiting parking at any time at the school access road off Fintry Place. Removing this drop off point and encouraging parents and pupils to walk to the school ensured vehicles were not obstructing the main access point to the school.

St Mary’s Primary School main access is on St Mary’s Lane, a narrow, cobbled street with two small pavements. While the group identified that speed was not an issue, the proximity of young children to moving vehicles did give them cause for concern.

In addressing similar issues at both schools the city development committee will be asked at its meeting on Monday (February 25) to approve an order banning vehicles around the school entrances during school start and finish times for morning and afternoon only.
If the committee approves the move, signs will be put up in the affected streets.

Press Release Date: Tuesday 19 February 2013