Temporary School Streets are where vehicular access is temporarily restricted specifically between school drop off and pick up times during term time for up to 18 months. They are usually implemented to encourage walking, scooting or cycling. However, due to Covid-19 and the need to socially distance, Schools Streets provide extra space outside of schools so that parents/carers can take and collect their children whilst safely social distancing.
How a School Street works
School Streets are installed temporarily by using moveable barriers to restrict vehicles from entering the road at the start and end of the day. A marshal, chosen by the school will manage the barriers throughout restricted times.
Benefits of School Streets
A School Street:
- Increases walking, scooting, cycling and active lifestyles for pupils and parents/carers
- Active travel increases road safety awareness
- Air quality is improved due the reduction in vehicular traffic
- Reduces congestion around schools at peak times to enable social distancing
Where are they happening?
There are five school streets starting in September 2020 which are:
- Clare House Primary School - BR3 6PY
- Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace - SE20 8RH
- Harris Primary Academy Orpington - BR5 4LZ
- Poverest Primary School - BR5 2JD
- Pratts Bottom Primary School - BR6 7NX
- St Mary Cray CE Primary School - BR5 4AR
Questions and answers about School Streets
What if I need to drive my car in the street during the restricted hours?
Only residents will be able to access the School Street when displaying a permit. As the restriction will be managed by school staff, you will be able to leave the restricted School Street and we would encourage you not to enter until after the restriction to ensure the safety of pupils and parents. However, should you need to enter in the School Street during the restricted times you will need to display a permit, which will be sent to residents. If you need to drive in the School Street during the restriction, please drive carefully as children and parents will be walking in the road.
How do I apply for a permit and how much does it cost?
Residents who live within the school street will be issued with a permit. Permits are only required to enter or drive in the School Street during its hours of operation, cars parked for the duration of the School Street hours do not need to display a permit. Should they need more than one, they can apply for additional permits by completing the School Streets permit form. Permits will then be sent in the post; they are free of charge.
How can it be ensured that motorists driving in the School Street are permitted?
Permits will only be issued to residents and families identified by the school where there is a disability.
What about visitors?
Other drivers who wish to access the School Street must arrive or leave before or after the hours of operation.
However, there are some exemptions:
- Emergency services
- Blue Badge holders
- Statutory public services, such as gas/electricity companies
- Refuse collectors
- Universal postal service providers, such as the Royal Mail
- Breakdown and recovery vehicles (the so-called 4th emergency service)
- In circumstances where someone requires access to your property for a particular period, e.g. builders or decorators and healthcare workers, it is possible to apply for a temporary permit by completing this form.
How will it be enforced?
The police have powers to enforce the restrictions. Anyone caught driving through the restricted zones whilst the restriction is in force without a valid permit or exemption can be issued with a fixed penalty notice.
If you are interested in having a School Street at your school please contact us.