‘Slow’ jibe over school road safety sparks angry reaction

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Ruling Labour councillors in Sheffield have hit back against opposition Liberal Democrats over criticism on school road safety.

Liberal Democrats said not enough was being done to pass legal orders to ensure yellow ‘school keep clear’ markings can be enforced with fines.

Just 19 more schools have had orders passed in the last year so motorists parking on them can be fined – with 115 ‘keep clear’ lines still unenforceable.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for development, said: “Labour have doubled the budget the Liberal Democrats had allocated for zig zags outside schools and introduced mobile CCTV enforcement around schools to prevent dangerous parking.

“In contrast, the Lib Dems opposed this enforcement and voted against our policy to implement 20mph zones based around schools.”

Labour’s budget for making yellow ‘school keep clear’ lines enforceable was £30,000 last year.