Healthy School Streets
A Healthy School Street (HSS) is a road, or section of road, outside a school that becomes a pedestrian and cycle zone during the school’s opening and closing times. These timed road closures aim to reduce congestion and poor air quality directly outside school gates by preventing parents’ vehicles from accessing the road to drop off or collect children. Additionally, they make the area outside the school safer and can make it easier for families to choose more sustainable modes of travel. This also provides a more pleasant environment for the local community. Residents living within the zone will still be able to access the road with their vehicles at all times by applying for an exemption. We are asking what you think of our proposals regarding introduction of a HSS outside Colville Primary School. Please read the following information carefully before filling in the survey no later than 16 June 2019. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7361 2521.
Colville Primary School
Colville Primary School became two-form entry in 2017 and has been recognised by Transport for London for their achievements in promoting sustainable travel for journeys to and from school. The school has achieved a significant shift away from car use by pupils and staff, to more sustainable modes of travel, particularly walking, scooting and cycling. However, parents and local residents have raised concerns about the issue of congestion in the cul-de-sac outside the school, which poses a risk to children.
What is proposed for Lonsdale Road?
The Council is proposing a Healthy School Street (HSS) from the cul-de-sac end of Lonsdale Road, to the junction with Colville Road.
The proposed operating times for the road closures are 8:45-9:15am in the morning, and 3:00-3:30pm in the afternoon during the school term, and will not operate during the school holidays or at weekends. Vehicles will not be able to enter the street during this time, unless they have been given an exemption. Residents and traders who live and work on Lonsdale Road will be able to register for an exemption, as well as Blue Badge holders. If implemented, we are proposing to trial the scheme from the start of the school year in September, for six weeks initially, with the option to extend for a further six weeks after the half term holiday.
Bollards will be used at the times of operation to provide a physical barrier preventing vehicles from entering the closed street. Signs will be placed at the junction of Lonsdale Road/Colville Road, to inform drivers of the restrictions in place.
What if I’m already in the zone when the road closure starts?
You will be able to stay parked or exit the zone at any time, but will not be able to re-enter the road until the road closure ends.
What if I need to deliver something and do not have an exemption?
You should consider re-timing your delivery, or park elsewhere and continue the delivery on foot. Disruptions to deliveries should be minimal as the HSS extends from Lonsdale Road to the junction with Colville Road, which covers approximately 135 meters.
How do I apply for an exemption?
Residents and traders will be notified if the scheme is implemented, and invited to apply for an exemption.
Can I park in the car parking bays on Lonsdale Road during the road closure?
If you are already in a paid parking bay before the street is closed, you are allowed to remain there for as long as you have paid. You will not be allowed to enter the street and access the paid parking bays unless you have received an exemption.
If agreed, what will happen after the Healthy School Street consultation?
The decision will be published on the website and we will write to residents of the street. If we do decide to proceed with the Healthy School Street, it’s likely that it would start at the beginning of the next school year in September.