Parking fines warning

July 14 2020

PARENTS at a number of schools in Kingswood are being asked to observe new measures outside schools to stop the spread of Covid-19 and improve air quality.

South Gloucestershire Council has approved changes including suspension of parking bays to cut down the number of cars with their engines running outside the school gates.

It has also agreed that fines for parking infringements can be issued immediately in high risk areas outside schools rather than first allowing two minutes’ observation time.

More space is being created near schools to encourage parents to walk or cycle rather than use their cars on the school run. 

Other changes include additional signs to remind people of the two metre rule and bollards outside school gates where space is limited.

Among the schools involved are Beacon Rise, Kings Forest,  Our Lady of Lourdes, The Park, St Stephen’s Infants and St Stephen’s Juniors. 

Council officers are creating individual plans tailored for each school depending on the size and number of children returning. They are planning to do the same with secondary schools as more students return to class.

Cabinet member for transport, Councillor Steve Reade, said: “We have been working closely with schools to introduce these essential measures to enable people to safely social distance as our schools begin to reopen and I’ve been pleased by the positive feedback we’ve received. These changes will help to keep people safe and to control the spread of Covid-19.

“It has also encouraged the use of more sustainable methods of transport which supports our objective of improving air quality. By mitigating the need for cars to idle outside of schools in this way, we can use the measures to have a positive effect on the environment and the health of our children and local communities.”