School pick-up traffic ban goes ahead
Barley Close at the entrance to the primary school
A SCHEME to ban traffic outside a primary school at drop-off and pick-up times is going ahead, despite opposition from residents.
South Gloucestershire Council is introducing an experimental traffic order to stop traffic entering Barley Close from 8.30-9.20am and 2.30-3.30pm every Monday to Friday during term time.
The closure will be enforced with retractable bollards at the junction with Royal Road, which can be lowered to allow access to emergency vehicles.
Signs will be installed designating the area a pedestrian and cycle zone during the closure period.
In a statement explaining the scheme, the council said: "Residents within this section of road will need to avoid entering and leaving during the am and pm closure each day."
The closure is part of the council's 'School Street' scheme, introduced to enable easier social distancing under coronavirus guidelines, make it easier for children and parents to walk to school and encourage families to stop driving children to school.
The experimental order takes effect on September 1 and the council has the option of keeping it in force until March next year while it assesses whether the scheme works.
An initial consultation, held between July 23 and August 6, after August's Voice had gone to press, had a strongly negative response, with 64% of the 22 people who responded saying they disagreed with the scheme and only 18% in favour.
Some 63% said they thought the scheme would make parking in the area worse and 92% said the closures would affect them negatively, with the same percentage opposed to making the scheme permanent.
All but two of those who responded identified themselves as residents, either of Barley Close itself or nearby. No respondents said they were parents or staff at the school.
One wrote that they were a shift worker who parked in Barley close and said: "If the closures were put in place this would result in me being late for some of my shifts, which is not acceptable."
Another said: "We have endured many years of problem parking and abuse from parents, but this scheme is still punishing us as residents. We would support this scheme if residents had access at all times."
The council has started a second consultation, which runs until March 1 next year, and is inviting people to have their say via the consultations section of its website. The Barley Close consultation can be found at bit.ly/328QJvu.
A council spokesperson said: “The proposals at Barley Close School are designed to enable children and families to adhere to social distancing guidelines while providing a healthier and safer environment for all.
“We are currently reviewing the results of the (first) consultation and will be working with the school and local residents to ensure our children are protected, and any issues raised are addressed.”