Traffic banned from road outside primary school during pick-up times

July 03 2020
Traffic banned from road outside primary school during pick-up times

A ROAD outside a primary school is being closed during pick-up time to help the safety of children and their families.

South Gloucestershire Council’s first ‘School Street’ has been launched at Frampton Cotterell CofE Primary following a request by the school.

The council says it will enable children and families to adhere to social distancing guidelines whilst also providing a healthier and safer environment.

A section of road outside of the school is being closed to traffic in term time between 3pm and 3.45pm on weekdays.

A member of staff from the school will put out and remove the cones and closure signs at the end of each day and diversion signs will be in place around the area to ensure drivers are aware of the changes. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.

The council says it liaised with residents directly affected and the scheme, which launched on June 25, is being implemented on a trial basis.

Head teacher Peter Barnard said: "Keeping our children and families safe is our number one priority and we have been increasingly worried by how many parents are having to stand on the opposite side of the street and then cross or encourage their children to cross safely.”

With over 120 children being collected under social distancing rules at staggered times it is very difficult to do this without parents spilling out into the road. Closing a small section of Rectory Road would ensure all children and families were kept safe and will also promote other safe ways of travelling to school like walking, scooting or cycling."

The Safe Streets initiative comes as other school run plans come into force in the area, including suspension of parking bays outside Watermore Primary in Frampton Cotterell to cut down the number of cars with their engines running.

The council has also agreed that fines for parking infringements can be issued immediately in high risk areas close to schools, rather than first allowing two minutes’ observation time.

Other changes include additional signs to remind people of distancing rules and bollards outside school gates where space is limited.

Council cabinet member for transport Steve Reade said: “By closing this section of road for a short period as children leave school for the day, we will enable people to better adhere to social distancing guidelines which will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help to save lives. These measures can also have other benefits, including encouraging active travel, improved air quality around schools and safer roads for our children.

“Without these measures it would be extremely difficult for everyone to stick to the guidelines without the added danger of stepping into the road, and into traffic. It is important to note that we will be reviewing the changes and we will be continuing to have regular contact with the school and local residents, and we thank people for their understanding.”