School CCTV in­stalled to tackle par­ents’ dan­ger­ous park­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

CCTV cam­eras have been in­stalled out­side schools across Hilling­don to curb par­ents’ dan­ger­ous park­ing.

The Hilling­don Coun­cil ini­tia­tive cost £1.7 mil­lion and is de­signed to stop par­ents park­ing on zigzag lines in front of pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in the bor­ough.

Olympic gold medal­list James Crack­nell OBE helped launch the road safety scheme when he vis­ited a school in Hayes last week.

Mr Crack­nell, a dou­ble row­ing gold medal­list, was joined by Hilling­don mayor John Hens­ley, coun­cil­lors and stu­dents at Dr Triplett’s Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School, in Hayes, on Thurs­day Septem­ber 29.

Sue Har­ratt, head teacher at the Hem­men Lane school, said: “We were very pleased to be in­vited to have it in­stalled. Park­ing out­side school is a con­stant prob­lem with par­ents do­ing quick drop offs. Any­thing that de­ters peo­ple from park­ing pre­car­i­ously is help­ful for chil­dren’s safety.”

The cam­eras au­to­mat­i­cally pick up driv­ers stop­ping on the zig-zag lines and is­sue a fine to any­one break­ing the rules. CCTV has been in­stalled at all of the schools in the bor­ough which have the road mark­ings out­side.

They have also been put in place at Glebe Pri­mary School, Ick­en­ham, where par­ents are cur­rently protest­ing new park­ing en­force­ment mea­sures.

Pupils at the school were treated to a host of road safety lessons and given a mas­ter­class in safely cross­ing the road.

Mr Crack­nell is the Lon­don Road Safety Coun­cil pres­i­dent and gave his sup­port to the idea.

He said: “If it’s en­forced it’s good. There’s no point hav­ing [zig-zags] if you’re not go­ing to have it en­forced.

“It helps the neigh­bour­hood too.”

The cam­eras were put in place across the bor­ough over the sum­mer break and have been up and run­ning since the start of term in Septem­ber.

Coun­cil­lor Keith Bur­rows, the cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning, trans­porta­tion and re­cy­cling, said: “I’m re­ally pleased it’s been of­fi­cially launched.

“We go­ing to keep all the chil­dren on their way to and from school safe.

“It’s an in­vest­ment we were will­ing to take.”

Leader of the coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot, said the project is not to make money through fines but is in­stead to de­ter dan­ger­ous park­ing out­side schools.

n SAFETY FIRST: (Left) Olympic rower James Crack­nell and (right) chil­dren get a les­son in cross­ing the road

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