Cameras to enforce bans on cars around pick up and drop off times
Cllr Hanif Khan and Felicity Sulma, Headteacher of Edward Pauling Primary School, Feltham
Hounslow Council has issued a number of traffic orders which will allow them to enforce new school street restrictions in Brentford & Isleworth in time for the start of term.
The measures are designed to discourage parents from dropping off and picking up their children.
In some cases ANPR cameras will be enforcing the restrictions from which local residents and their visitors will be generally excluded.
In Brentford, Albany Road, Brentford from the access road leading into Watermans Court to its westernmost extremity and North Road will be restricted on school day during term time from 8.15am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.45pm to motor vehicles, except permit holders,
In Isleworth restrictions will apply on the same basis around Isleworth Town Primary School on Ferne Meade Way, Linkfield Road (between Kendall Road and Grainger Road), Mandeville Road, Teck Close, Thackeray Close, Town Field Way, Smallberry Avenue, and White Lodge Close during school term-time drop-off and pick-up times.
North to south arm of Summerwood Road leading to Ivybridge Primary School situated to the west of Nos.241-260, from its junction with the east to west arm of Summerwood Road to its southernmost extremity will also be restricted.
Resident only access restrictions would mean that residents' vehicles and residents' visitors would be permitted to enter the affected roads. Residents would not be exempt from the Edensor Road stopping restrictions. Residents can register their own and their visitors' vehicles free of charge. The council say there is no impact on traffic leaving the roads during the hours of operation.
If you are expecting a visitor during the hours or restriction, you would ideally need to register them by letting the council know in advance using an online form which is not yet available. However, in the case of unplanned visitors, you will be allowed to register them with the council until the end of the same working day. Regular visitors such as carers would need to be registered once, and blue badge holders living in the area would also need to be registered.
The council say, “While the need to register vehicles presents a slight inconvenience to residents, we have streamlined the process as much as possible, and made it free of charge. Feedback from existing schemes suggests the benefits greatly outweigh any inconvenience.”
Any easily recognisable delivery vehicles (e.g. supermarket lorries) are excluded from PCN action. However, less obvious delivery vehicles should be registered via the e-form as these are harder for the cameras to identify. To prevent the driver from receiving a PCN, this should be done by the end of the working day on which the delivery was made. In the event that a delivery driver received a PCN, this can be challenged with evidence that a delivery was taking place at the time and the fine will be cancelled.
Further information relating to permit holder eligibility can be found on the council’s web site.
The council is introducing these measures on an experimental basis within the borough as part of its School Streets programme. This concept is aimed at tackling problems associated with traffic around schools at drop-off and pick-up times, notably road safety concerns, poor air quality, and inconvenience to residents. School Street schemes aim to restrict motor traffic in the immediate vicinity of a school and reduce the use of private vehicles on the journey to and from school.
These measures are initially being introduced on an experimental basis for a period between 6-18 months.
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August 28, 2020