Van with CCTV set to target illegal parking outside schools

Seathorn Primary School pupils with Mandy Cherry next to Billy Bollard.

Seathorn Primary School pupils with Mandy Cherry next to Billy Bollard.

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A van fitted with CCTV is set to be deployed outside schools in Lincolnshire to tackle problem parking at pupil drop-off and pick-up times.

Lincolnshire County Council is to run the pilot in the hope of deterring parents and carers from parking irresponsibly.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport, said: “Some of the parking I have seen outside schools has been quite dangerous – I’ve witnessed a number of near-misses and we have to do something about it.

“Pedestrians and children are put at risk by parents in a rush, some almost literally try to drive their cars into the classroom.”

He added: “We are going to run this as a pilot scheme, so we will lease the vehicle for a period of time and just see what impact it can have.

“We will be enforcing the same regulations as if we had a traffic warden there. Double parking and parking on double yellow lines is something we can enforce.”

With planning in the early stages, it is not yet known when or where the pilot will run. The idea, though, has been welcomed at Seathorne Primary School, in Winthorpe, where parking issues at drop-off and pick-up times led to the school installing bollards that look like children.

Chris Davison, school business manager, said: “The safety of our children is of the utmost importance to us at Seathorne and anything the council can do to assist us in preventing a child from getting seriously injured – or worse – while entering and leaving the school premises will be greatly appreciated.”

She said the installation of the bollards, dubbed Belinda, Billy, and Bobby, had significantly reduced the amount of parking on the yellow zig zag lines outside the school, but not stamped it out.

She said if the pilot reiterated the importance of keeping such zones clear of parked vehicles, it would be ‘very welcome’ at the school.