Police target funding to enforce Sheffield school parking

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POLICE have pledged to work with Sheffield Council to make parking restrictions outside schools enforceable by law.

It follows the news that Keep Clear markings can only be legally enforced at 19 of 173 schools in the city, due to a lack of relevant legislation.

Pressure has been put on the council after The Star highlighted the dangers of irresponsible parking through the It’s Your Child campaign, but bosses say it could take up to a decade to pass paperwork on the remaining schools due to budget restraints.

Traffic regulation orders at each site cost between £1,000 and £2,000 and the council has just £20,000 to spend this year.

Now police officers behind South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s It’s Your Child project hope to use alternative funding to resolve the problem in some areas.

The scheme, which is awarding £2,000 to schools to introduce safety improvements, is being implemented in 20 schools in Gleadless Valley, Woodseats, Lowedges, Nether Edge, Jordanthorpe, Heeley, Meersbrook, Beauchief and Greenhill.

Inspector Ian Stubbs, of the Sheffield south safer neighbourhood area, said: “I am in discussions with highways engineers to ensure every school in my area will have restrictions covered by a traffic regulation order.

“The detailing still needs to be worked through, but I have been told it is possible to have one order which covers all of them, rather than having to pay for individual ones.

“It started as a pilot with schools in my area, but it has always been the intention to roll it out.

“Improving the highways infrastructure is the first angle, but it is also about educating children and parents.

“Clearly if we have enforcement on the end of that so we can go and issue tickets, it will be beneficial for everyone.”