New parking measures at Newton Mearns schools

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East Renfrewshire Council has introduced new parking measures around schools in Newton Mearns, following inconsiderate and dangerous parking at school gates.

Five primary schools – Crookfur, St Cadoc’s, Calderwood Lodge, St Clare’s and Mearns Primary – all have new rules in place and there are also new measures at Eastwood High and Mearns Castle High.

Councillor Colm Merrick, Convenor for Community Services and Community Safety, said: “While most drivers show care and courtesy, these new measures have been introduced due to several incidents of dangerous parking around our schools. We hope that making these changes will make it safer around our schools.

“Parking restrictions at our schools are there for a reason and there is no excuse for any person to park on double yellow lines or zig zag lines – with suitable parking available to keep our pupils and other road users safe.

“The changes aim to improve safety for some of our most vulnerable road users, improve access and the flow of traffic on some particularly busy sections around schools, including bus routes and residential streets.

“Our Community Safety Officers will be monitoring around the schools to ensure these new road traffic orders are being obeyed, and I would encourage all those dropping off and picking up around our schools, to be courteous and park in safe and legal spaces.”