This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 17/07/2017.
Here’s what you had to say about Croydon Council’s controversial school parking ban
Croydon Council’s decision to introduce a parking ban outside three primary schools in the borough next term has proved to be a controversial one.
The move, which was announced on Friday, could see parents be hit with a £130 if they pick-up and drop-off their children outside certain schools and certain times.
So-called “pedestrian zones” at Heavers Farm, on Dinsdale Gardens, and St Chads, on Alverston Gardens, which are both in Selhurst, will be in place from 8am until 9.30am and 2pm until 4pm.
The ban in Dunsfold Rise, the road outside Woodcote Primary, in Coulsdon, will be in force between 8am and 9.30am as well as between 2.30pm and 4pm.
The roads will not be physically closed to traffic – instead the council will use temporary automatic number plate recognition CCTV to scan if vehicles passing through have advance permission.
It is a new scheme which has split opinions among Advertiser readers.
Some parents took to social media to vent their anger at the project which will run as a six-month trial from September 4 on roads outside Woodcote Primary School in Coulsdon as well as Heavers Farm Primary School and St Chads RC Primary School in Selhurst.
The council has stressed the scheme will run in parallel with a consultation phase for parents, teachers and residents to give their feedback.
However, if the parking ban proves to be successful it could be rolled out at more schools across the borough.
Amanda Saunders slammed the ban as “ridiculous” and lamented the lack of meetings or consultations with parents.
On Facebook she added: “It will just move the problem to surrounding roads, what is stopping parents drive in five minutes before the no driving zone kicks in?”
Facebook user Missy Mandy was also not impressed with the proposed parking ban – she commented: “They’ll be telling us what colour knickers to wear next.”
However, it wasn’t all negative comments for the council’s scheme, with many parents backing the project as a sound idea to sort out an ongoing problem outside many schools in Croydon.
Paul Bushell wrote: “Good, I fully agree. They should even put points on their licence as well.
“What school run drivers also don’t think about is that when they are parked all the way down the road it increases risk as kids do run out between these illegally parked cars and causes even more dangers and risks. I’m all for it myself, well done.”
Of the same opinion, reader Caroline Rendle commented: “I’m a driver and use a car for the school runs and I think it is a good idea.
“My daughter nearly got knocked down because of this silliness. I can’t wait for it to be rolled out to all schools.”
And Becky Finch wrote: “Good, about time too! I have been a St Chads parent for 11 years now and the parking and driving in Alverson Gardens has got worse and worse.
“I have seen far too many near misses where cars reverse backwards narrowly.
“There is plenty of parking in the surrounding roads, people just don’t want to make the short walk to the school.”
Parents, teachers and residents can share their views by emailing email@example.com