Three more schools to get CCTV cameras after trial sees reduction in parking offenders

Three more schools to get CCTV cameras after trial sees reduction in parking offenders

THREE schools across North East Lincolnshire are set to host CCTV cameras outside their premises following the continued success of a scheme aimed at tackling illegal stopping and dangerous parking.

Stanford Junior & Infants School in Laceby, Scartho Infants School, and Waltham Leas Primary Academy are all set to have CCTV cameras installed nearby the school gates to monitor parking and stopping during peak times.

Cameras were previously rolled out to Signhills Academy in Cleethorpes in September 2022, with further cameras being installed outside Old Clee Primary School in Grimsby. Since then, two more schools have received cameras: Queen Mary Infant and Nursery School in Cleethorpes and Welhome Academy in Grimsby.

The cameras automatically detect and enforce parking contraventions on the keep clear markings at the sites, helping to deter dangerous parking and reduce accidents.

Drivers caught stopping on the yellow zig zag lines will receive a £70 Penalty Charge Notice in the post, discounted to £35 if paid within 14 days.

For the first two-weeks after the cameras are installed, those stopping illegally will receive a warning letter.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities in North East Lincolnshire, backed the measures:

“These are long-overdue and will hopefully help to tackle some of the real issues we experience in these areas. In Waltham and Scartho in particular, I know that there are major issues with cars stopping illegally and parking dangerously in the vicinity of the schools, blocking other vehicles and making the area unsafe for children walking to and from school.

“We have seen some encouraging results at the other sites, so I’m hoping that we’ll see similar here. I want to work with schools and parents to make the spaces outside our schools safe for children.

“The solution, quite simply, is to either allow your child to walk to and from school if that’s appropriate, or to find a suitable parking space when dropping off your child.

“Instead, what we’re seeing quite a lot outside our schools is parents stopping the car right outside the gates, in areas that aren’t suitable for parking, and parents getting out and walking their child to the gates, abandoning their vehicles. It has to stop and I’m optimistic that this is the solution.”

The cameras will be installed ahead of the start of the new school term in September.

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