£100,000 scheme to end school run chaos

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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

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Res­i­dents block­ade Asheville Av­enue, in Cas­tle Bromwich

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