‘School Street’ trial set to launch at Giffnock Primary
East Renfrewshire Council is set to pilot the area’s first ‘School Street’ in a bid to reduce traffic and help create a safer environment for pupils at the busiest times of the day.
Measures will be introduced outside Giffnock Primary School to restrict most vehicles from entering Academy Road when pupils are arriving and leaving at the start and
end of the school day.
Taken forward with Sustrans ‘Spaces for People’ funding, the measures will address community concerns regarding difficulties around adhering to social distancing guidelines, as well as help to address ongoing road safety issues at the school.
The scheme will start on June 7 and will operate on a temporary basis for a maximum of 18 months. During this time, the council will seek feedback from parents, pupils and residents to determine whether the scheme should be made permanent, modified or withdrawn.
Exemptions to restrictions will apply to include permit and blue badge holders as well as emergency vehicles.
Residents within affected streets will be provided with a permit as well as instructions on how to apply for additional permits, if necessary.
Environment convener, Councillor Alan Lafferty, said: “The introduction of a ‘School Street’ at Giffnock Primary School will help make the journey to and from school
safer, healthier and more pleasant for our pupils and their families.
"The scheme will encourage more active travel to school through walking, cycling and scooting which can be a long term benefit for physical and mental health. It will also help to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates.
"For those parents who still need to drive, we ask that you park away from the school and walk for the last five or ten minutes of the journey.
"I look forward to seeing this pilot getting started and if successful we will consider if there are other schools which could also benefit from a similar scheme being introduced in the future.”
The scheme will continually be reviewed and the public are encouraged to submit feedback through the Spaces for People Commonplace platform: https://erspacesforpeople.commonplace.is/proposals/academy-road-giffnock
Any enquiries regarding the scheme should be emailed to [email protected]