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Help requested posted on 5th December 2019:

Enforcing School Keep Clears

I am thinking of placing a school keep clear with a TRO around a turning circle in front of a school entrance. Parents drive up the narrow road, then drop off the children and try to turn to then depart, often as other cars arrive in the turning circle, so you can imaging the scene. However, many drivers stop anywhere in the circle, so would not always actually be on the restricted lines. Can this still be enforced if a driver stops in the middle of the turning circle that has a keep clear wrap round the kerb? Can this be covered maybe in the wording of the TRO?

Rob Camp

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Response posted on 5th December 2019 by:
Paul McKenna

E: paul.mckenna@capita.co.uk
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Enforcing School Keep Clears

Hi,

School Keep Clears can only be enforced if a vehicle pulls up onto any part of the extents of the school keep clear marking. Anywhere outside of that marking is fair game, even if they parked fully on the verge or footway outside of the marking. Have you considered 'no waiting restrictions with double blips to prevent stopping either side of the keep clear? Or additional keep clears next to each other. Guidance prefers that they are only placed outside the entrances of schools though so be careful. Obviously, you need to consider the knock on effect of preventing parking in that area. Where will they disperse to? Are there decent walking and cycling facilities in the area to promote those modes by working with the school? Get in touch with me offline if you want to send me some pictures of the scenario and we can look at it in more detail.


Response posted on 5th December 2019 by:
Paul McKenna

E: paul.mckenna@capita.co.uk
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Enforcing School Keep Clears

Furthermore, if it is a dead end street, it could be ideal for a street closure. We've done this outside schools and it's gone down really well. We close off the access and promote the date with the school. Kids are free to play on the street and it really goes down well. Hackney Council guidance is the best thing to follow in this regard. You can trial it and if it works, introduce it on a permanent basis using signing and other measures.


Response posted on 5th December 2019 by:
Colin Savage

E: colin.savage@devon.gov.uk
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Enforcing School Keep Clears

Hi Rob

Isn't the turning circle encouraging parents to drive to school as they know there is a place to stop near the school? The congestion, idling engines and associated poor air quality can't be pleasant. for the pupils


Could the school be persuaded to close the turning circle and identify a suitable Park and Stride or Walking Bus location if car trips have to be made?

And then look to see if School Streets is an option..


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