£100,000 scheme to end school run chaos
COUNCIL bosses are spearheading a £100,000 drive to end school run bust-ups after furious residents blockaded a city street in a parking row.
One hundred grants of up to £1,000 each are being made available for congestion-busting schemes to encourage families to use alternative methods of transport at both ends of the day.
Last week frustrated residents in Castle Bromwich blocked their street in a protest at parents blocking their drives while picking up children from a nearby academy.
And complaints about parking on school approaches – in some cases on grass verges and across pavements – have been on the increase.
Now the Birmingham Young Active Travel Trust charity, set up by city council Labour leader Councillor John Clancy, is offering cash for schemes which could cover the costs of bibs for a ‘walking bus’, bikeability training or road safety equipment.
Councillor Habib Rehman, chairman of the council’s trusts and charities committee, said: “If we are to improve transport we must make our roads safer, less polluted and less congested.
“We need to help schools at a grassroots level by providing funding that helps them develop ideas of benefit to their neighbourhood.
“I look forward to us being in a position to enable some innovative ideas to become a reality, making a big difference to how our young people and their families are able to travel around the city.”
Councillor Clancy added: “We want people across Birmingham to develop ideas that improve their day-to-day lives.”
Applications must be made by schools, a school council or a constituted group of parents.
For details visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/YAT
Residents blockade Asheville Avenue, in Castle Bromwich