Worries for parking in Sheffield school ‘keep clear’ plan

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RESIDENTS are objecting to plans to make ‘keep clear’ markings enforceable on a road outside a Sheffield school – claiming the move could cause ‘acute problems’ by taking away parking spaces.

Officials currently have no power to fine motorists parking on the markings at Hunters Bar School, despite parked vehicles making it dangerous for children to cross the road.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet highways committee meets on Thursday to discuss traffic regulation orders for the yellow zig-zag lines outside another 17 schools.

The authority is working to make all such restrictions enforceable with fines, after The Star’s It’s Your Child school road safety campaign revealed most ‘keep clear’ markings have no legal order to back them up.

But in a report to the meeting, senior council office Simon Green said the order - combined with introducing a ban on commercial vehicles parking to unload goods - ‘would help to reduce congestion and increase visibility at a busy junction’.

Mr Green added: “A resident of Cowlishaw Road objected as it would cause acute parking problems.

“Cowlishaw Road currently forms part of the Sharrowvale Residents’ Parking Scheme and is already subject to parking restrictions along most of its length.

“This current scheme aims to impose a traffic regulation order at an existing keep clear marking.”

Mr Green said reasons for the order - to reduce the risk of accidents caused by ‘inconsiderate parking’ - outweigh the objection.

Objections were also made near two other primaries – Meersbrook and Carfield –due to hours of operation.

As a compromise, Sheffield Council has agreed to reduce hours to 8.30am to 9.30am, and 2.30pm to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays only.

“Outside these hours, parking will be available,” Mr Green said.

The other 15 schools where ‘keep clear’ lines are to be made enforceable have not been listed in the report.

The cost of the 17 orders is £45,000 –£24,000 of which is being funded by South Yorkshire Police and the rest from the council.

■The cabinet highways committee will also consider plans for additional ‘sign-only’ 20mph zones in Parson Cross west of Lindsay Avenue, Upperthorpe and Birkendale, plus streets in High Green north of Wortley Road.

Hundreds of households in each of the three areas have been sent leaflets leading to a small number of objections – five in High Green, and two each in Parson Cross and Upperthorpe/Birkendale.

The zones will not have speed humps, but roads will be signed.

The council said the benefits to safety ‘outweigh’ objections about cost and street clutter – adding its plan is for all residential streets in Sheffield to have 20mph limits eventually.

Coun Trevor Bagshaw, Liberal Democrat member for West Ecclesfield, welcomed the High Green scheme, saying: “I’m delighted the proposals are to be implemented.”