Parents face fines over dangerous parking as Sheffield school gets CCTV ahead of road closure

Parents parking dangerously outside a Sheffield school have been warned they will be fined, after CCTV was installed following numerous ‘near misses’ involving pupils.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 2:10 pm

Staff at Carfield Primary School in Meersbrook have campaigned for years to stop parents parking close to the gates on zig zag lines and putting children’s lives at risk.

Sheffield Council this month put up CCTV cameras at the top of Argyle Close, and headteacher Hannan Mohammed said their presence was already making a difference.

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Headteacher Hannan Mohammed beneath the new CCTV cameras installed at Carfield Primary School in Meersbrook, Sheffield, to stop drivers parking dangerously close to the school gates (pic: Chris Etchells)

"We’ve been concerned for many years about people parking and dropping their children off dangerously close to the school gates, and there have been a number of near misses involving our children, so getting CCTV is a massive achievement for everyone involved,” she said.

“The cameras have number plate recognition, which means a fine will be issued if cars are parked on the zig zag lines or drivers stop and drop in the middle of the road during the designated times.

"They only went live last Monday and already we’ve seen a huge difference, with people thinking more about where they park. Traffic has really calmed down and it’s much safer.”

Carfield Primary School is also set to introduce School Streets closures on a trial basis in June and permanently from September

Ms Mohammed thanked everyone for their support, including the team at the sustainable travel organisation Modeshift STARS, and she asked parents not to drive to the top of the road to park or drop off their children there as she said this was also ‘very dangerous’

Carfield is also one of three schools in Sheffield taking part in the latest ‘School Streets’ road closures designed to promote safer and healthier travel to and from school.

Argyle Road will be closed to motor vehicles from the junction with Cyprus Road each morning, from 8.15am-9.15am, and afternoon, from 2.45pm-3.45pm.

A one-week trial will take place from Monday, June 14, and if that is successful the twice daily closures will become a permanent feature from September.

“We’re hoping that when the School Streets closures come in they will change the culture of parking and will encourage more people to walk, scoot, cycle, get public transport or park further out and walk from there,” said Ms Mohammed.