Parking crackdown around Brighton and Hove schools starts tomorrow

Posted On 20 Oct 2014 at 6:35 pm

A parking crackdown around four schools in Brighton and Hove starts tomorrow (Tuesday 21 October).

Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove City Council and parking wardens will be working together to tackle inconsiderate drivers, especially those leaving their cars on pavements and grass verges.

The council said that it was responding to complaints about bad parking which could put children’s safety at risk.

And it said that those who persisted in driving and parking on pavements and verges around schools could be handed £70 fines.

The crackdown was intended to encourage motorists to drive and park responsibly, the council said, and improve safety for everyone, especially pedestrians walking to school.

It follows a similar campaign earlier this year to deal with nuisance and anti-social parking behaviour at other locations in the area.

Action days are being held

  • Tomorrow morning (Tuesday 21 October) in the streets around Rudyard Kipling Primary School, Woodingdean, with the focus on Chalkland Rise, Downs Valley Road and Crescent Drive South
  • On Wednesday afternoon (22 October) around Westdene Primary School, in Bankside, Brighton, with the focus on Bankside, Barn Rise and Dene Vale
  • On Thursday morning (23 October) on the approach to Aldrington CE Primary School, Hove, with the focus on the corner of Eridge Road and Nevill Road and on both sides of Nevill Road from 120 to 156 inclusive
  • On Friday afternoon (24 October) at Hangleton Infant School and Hangleton Junior School, Hove, at the top end of Dale View and by the corner of Summerdale Road and Gleton Avenue

The council said: “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.”

Councillor Pete West, the chairman of the council’s 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, bike or scooter.

“Therefore, it is vital to ensure that nearby pavements and junctions are kept free from obstruction, and motorists behave considerately to enable everyone to travel safely to and from school.”

The council said that the enforcement would complement its Park Safe, Walk Safe campaign. The campaign is intended to raise awareness of Keep Clear zig zag markings outside schools and the need to keep those areas safe and congestion free.

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