School streets is a scheme where the road outside a school is closed to traffic at school opening and closing times. Closing the street to school and through traffic helps to achieve a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone using the street whilst maintaining access for residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists.
Primary schools in Hackney were invited to apply to take part. 13 expressed their interest and 2 schools have been selected to pilot the scheme this year:
- St John the Baptist School, Crondall Street, N1 6JG
- Tyssen Community Primary School, Oldhill Street, N16 6LR
The St John the Baptist school street launches on 26 June 2017.
The Tyssen school street will be consulted on later this year.
Crondall Street school street
From Monday 26 June Crondall Street will be made a pedestrian and cyclist only zone from 8.30am-9.15am and 3.15pm-4pm on school days only:
- this includes Crondall Street from the junction with Pitfield Street past the school and Crondall Court
- access is permitted for local residents/businesses if the vehicle is registered for exemption
- residents living on Crondall Street with vehicles in possession of a Zone F parking permit will be automatically added to a list of approved vehicles
- any blue badge holder can apply for an exemption
- the zone is enforced by camera
- non-registered vehicles entering the zone will be issued a penalty charge notice
How do school streets work?
The street in front of the school is a pedestrian and cycle-only zone at set times in the morning and afternoon. Times will vary depending on the school and the location.
Vehicles can't enter the street between these times unless they have been given an exemption.
Signs will inform drivers of the restrictions before the entrance to the closed street. Non-registered vehicles entering the street during the times of operation will be identified by camera and issued a fixed penalty notice. Vehicles already parked in the street before the times of operation will be able to exit the street without incurring a fixed penalty notice.
What if I live or have a business on a school street?
Residents and businesses in the affected street will be able to apply, free of charge, for an exemption for a vehicle or vehicles registered to their address. This will allow you to drive that vehicle (and only that vehicle) in the street when it is closed to other traffic.
Vehicles driven by friends and family visiting a resident will not be permitted to drive in the street during the times it is closed to other traffic, with the exception of blue badge holders.
Why are changes being proposed?
The schools selected have asked to be part of the trial because they experience road safety issues and, in some cases, poor local air quality. The aim is to improve air local quality and encourage healthy lifestyles by making more people walk, cycle or use public transport for journeys to school.
How can I have my say?
The schools that want school streets will write to all parents with more information so they can have their say.
If you're a resident or business in the affected street you will receive consultation information in the post and be able to complete a survey.
Drop-in sessions will be organised at the participating schools where you can talk Council staff about the scheme, ask questions and give your views.
I am interested in school streets at my school. How do I apply?
When we have evaluated the success of the pilot, we will decide whether to roll out the scheme to other schools in the borough. Not all schools will be suitable for school streets. However, if you would like your child's school to be considered for a school street, please contact the Head.