Council approves ‘School Streets’ pilot

Tuesday June 28th 2016

King's Park Illegally Parked Cars

Two Midlothian primary schools could take part in a pilot project banning traffic from surrounding streets at the start and end of the school day.

King’s Park in Dalkeith and Lasswade in Bonnyrigg have been chosen because of indiscriminate parking issues when people are dropping off and picking up pupils.

Local people will be consulted about the project beforehand to make sure there’s support for it and also, in the case of Lasswade, to establish which streets should be included in the zone.

The council’s cabinet member for school travel, Councillor Derek Rosie said: “We know that these two schools are not the only ones with problems. However, they seem to have some of the worst challenges with cars dropping off pupils and picking them up.

“By introducing the ‘School Streets’ pilot, we aim to create a safer, more pleasant environment, one where pupils will get to school by walking and cycling, in turn reducing congestion and pollution in the area.”

Councillor Bob Constable, the cabinet member for education, confirmed if the pilot project goes ahead, passes will be issued to residents and there will be exceptions for disabled badge holders, the emergency services and badged delivery vehicles.

Similar projects have recently been piloted by both City of Edinburgh and East Lothian councils.

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