CCTV for schools’ parking problems

The scene outside William Alvey CofE School at picking-up time one day last week.
The scene outside William Alvey CofE School at picking-up time one day last week.

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.

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 the authority will be enforcing the same regulations as if it had a traffic warden there – pointing to double parking and parking on double yellow lines.

He said: “We have a real problem and it has got to the stage where something needs to be done – this is about the safety of children.”

With planning still in the early stages, it is not yet known where or when the van would be deployed or for how long the pilot will run.

Stephen Tapley, headteacher at William Alvey CofE School, in Eastgate, welcomed the move, saying he had already requested to be included in the pilot.

The Standard has reported on numerous occasions about parking problems outside the school.

He said: “It is an ongoing problem. We have had a number of complaints recently about parking outside the school, so I am very much in favour of any initiative that has the safety of our children as a priority.”