Guildford Schools Parking Watch helps improve safety

Parking issues around schools in Guildford are improving thanks to partnership working between our Parking Enforcement Team and 30 schools in the local area.

Following a trial run last year, targeted enforcement action around schools where illegal parking causes safety issues at school pick-up time is now operating on a regular basis.

Our parking team receives many complaints about inconsiderate and unsafe parking around schools from parents and local residents. Issues include blocking dropped kerbs and parking on zigzags to drop off or pick up children. Blocking the road makes it less safe for those trying to cross the road and increases the risk of accidents.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, explains: "Parking around schools is an issue that concerns us all, both parents and residents. We ran a very successful trial working with 30 schools to help educate drivers about the dangers of parking inconsiderately near schools. As a result we are now making regular patrols, to those schools where concerns have been raised, helping keep children and other road users safe at pick-up time."

Parking Services conducted a trial called 'Guildford Schools Parking Watch' from September 2017 to July 2018 to find out if regular patrols were required in the afternoons during pick up times. Enforcement officers carried out 454 patrols, asked 2,776 drivers to move on, and issued 395 penalty charge notices.

Cllr Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing, Environmental Health and Community Safety, adds: "Our Enforcement Team will continue their work outside schools to deter anti-social parking which has dangerous consequences for parents and children alike. I'm also pleased to say a number of schools are working with our Environmental Health team and Community Wardens on a new project to educate parents and children about how to improve air quality outside schools during drop-off and pick-up times."

Published on Monday 28 January.