Road bans planned near to four Derby schools

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Residents are being invited to have their say on the proposals as part of a public consultation

More road bans for motorists could be introduced across Derby to allow children and parents a safer way to get to school.

Derby City Council is exploring expanding its School Safe Haven Zone scheme.

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The scheme bans motorists from using busy roads near schools at rush-hour times to help improve safety by allowing the routes to become pedestrian and cycle-only.

This was set up following complaints made to the council about bad parking and children feeling unsafe when getting to and from schools in the city.

A number of schools across the city have implemented the scheme over the past 18 months which has been deemed by council bosses as a “success” - so much so that temporary road bans have now become permanent measures at some of the schools involved, including Redwood Primary School in Sinfin and St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy in Alvaston.

Now, the city council is seeking feedback on proposals to have the scheme at four other schools.

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These schools are Bishop Lonsdale Primary School, Hardwick Primary School, Reigate Park Primary School and St Albans RC Academy.

The proposals have been published as part of a 12-week public consultation, allowing parents and those who live and work in the areas to have their say on road-restricting proposals being considered by council officers.

The outcome of the consultation could then lead to School Safe Haven zones being set up on roads near to the four schools later this year or at some point in the future.

If so, the schemes would be experimental for a period of time with the intention of becoming permanent if successful.

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What exactly do the plans involve?

The proposal for Bishop Lonsdale Primary School is to set up a road restriction on St Albans Road between 8.30am and 9am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The restriction would start from the junction of Bedford Close.

There are two possible options for Hardwick Primary School. The first scenario is to introduce a road ban at Hastings Street only from the junction with St James Road between 8.15am and 9am and between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. The second option is to have road bans at both Hastings Street and Dover Street (from the junction with St James Road) at the same times.

For Reigate Park Primary School there are two restrictions proposed for motorists. The first is to stop motorists travelling through Reigate Drive between the junctions at Westbourne Park and Penge Road between 8.30am and 9am and 3pm to 3.45pm. A road ban is also proposed for nearby Finchley Avenue at the junctions between Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Gardens.

Proposals for road bans near St Albans RC Academy in Chaddesden include restrictions for both Ismay Road (at the junction with Chaddesden Lane) and Newstead Avenue (at the junction with Oakleigh Avenue) between 8.30am and 9am and 3pm to 3.45pm. Or the restrictions could be introduced for Ismay Road, Newstead Avenue, Oakleigh Avenue, Lenton Avenue and Lea Drive.

People can have their say on the proposals by visiting the Let's Talk Derby website.

The consultation period for each of the four schools closes in October.

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