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School CCTV continues to make spaces safer for children

11:57 am, Wednesday, 8th March 2023 - 1 year ago

Environment and community safety

School spaces continue to be a safe place for our children, thanks to an initiative launched last year to deter parents from stopping illegally outside school gates.

The initiative was rolled out last year to two local primary academies, and has already seen impressive results.

CCTV cameras were installed outside of Signhills Academy in Cleethorpes last September ahead of the start of the new school term, with a two-week reprieve for any parents stopping illegally. Old Clee Primary Academy parents got the same treatment in December when cameras went live at the site in Grimsby.

Since then, a whopping 118 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) have been issued across both sites, deterring parents and visitors from parking over yellow zigzag zones.

79 PCNs were issued at Signhills Academy, with the remaining 39 PCNs being issued at Old Clee Academy.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“These results demonstrate the need for this scheme and wholly justify our move to install the cameras.

“I know that the response to the scheme from both schools has been wholly positive, with staff remarking at how much better it has got outside the school gates since these cameras went live.

“I’m committed to ensuring that the spaces outside of our schools are safe places for our children to roam, and I’m really pleased with these results.”

Traffic Regulation signs are in place in the areas near the cameras where the TRO is in effect.

Following the start of the new school term, drivers caught stopping or parking illegally are being issued with Penalty Charge Notices through the post at £70, discounted to £35 if paid within 14 days.

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