New plans to close roads to solve Derby’s dangerous parking problems are set to take effect later this month.
In August, Derby City Council was reported to have launched a public consultation on new proposals to ban vehicles outside several schools.
The plan is to prevent cars from entering a section of the road near a school while the school is operating, in the morning and afternoon, to improve road safety.
The city council has confirmed that the new traffic ban plan will start in Senvin from Monday, November 22.
A section of Redwood Street adjacent to Redwood Elementary School will be closed between 8.15 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The closure will be between its intersection with Islay Road and where the road merges with Sinfin Lane.
Any motorist caught violating the new restrictions can be fined.
Redwood Primary School is one of a number of schools that have designated the project.
The start dates of the other schools have not been disclosed as the consultations are still under review.
The road closure – called the school’s safe haven area – will be an 18-month trial with the goal of making it permanent.
In an update on the Redwood Road advisory, Derby City Council confirmed the changes would be introduced within weeks.
Of those who responded to the public consultation for Redwood Road/Redwood Primary School (28 responses), the board said that 93% had experienced difficulties during times of school drop-out and pickup.
The update says: “After discussions with local counselors, neighborhood officials, school representatives, and in consultation with local residents and parents, the intent is to introduce the school’s safe haven area on Redwood Road.
The area will start operating from Monday 22 November 2021 and will be offered on a trial basis first. This means that the new restriction will be temporary for a maximum of 18 months before deciding whether it should be permanent.
In short, the area will cover Redwood Road between Svenfin Lane and Islay Road. The restriction will be operational time only, Monday through Friday 8:15 to 9:00 AM and 2:30 to 3:30 PM. “
According to the update, residents and local businesses who have a car or vehicles registered at an address located within the school’s safe haven area can apply for an exemption.
The exemption grants a statutory right to drive the registered vehicle into the area during system operating times.
Special exemptions will also be available for blue badge holders who need access to the area and caregivers of vulnerable populations living within the area.
The changes come after the city council discovered the chaos during a field visit to a school that saw drivers climbing sidewalks and parents and students exposed to maneuvering vehicles – forcing the authority to consider road safety options.
Other Derby routes intended for similar school restrictions include:
Bromley Street and Newton Walk (Near Marqueton Elementary School)
Thornhill Road and Church Street (Near St Peter Junior School)
Reginald Street (near Rosehill Infants and St. James Junior School)
Uplands Avenue and Gayton Avenue (near Gayton Ridgway and St. George Elementary School)
Alphaston Street (Near St John Fisher Elementary School)
Vicarage Street (Near Miclover Elementary School)
As mentioned, it is not currently clear when exactly a new implementation will be in place for each of the respective roads/schools.
A spokesman for Derby City Council said: “We are currently reviewing the findings of the consultation and feedback received, so there are currently no start dates for the other locations.”
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