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Help requested posted on 2nd February 2017:

CCTV outside schools to prevent illegal parking

I am looking into the possibility of CCTV cameras outside of schools to deter illegally parked cars. I know a few councils are already trying this and wondered how this is progressing. Any feedback on how this was set up and costs would be appreciated.

Andrea Johnson

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Response posted on 3rd February 2017 by:
Mark Foweraker

E: m.foweraker@cardiff.gov.uk
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CCTV outside schools to prevent illegal parking

Unless your Local Authority has Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) then your options are limited to "name and shame" as only the Police would have any enforcement powers and they would not use CCTV (Police body cameras excepted).
If you have CPE then they are the people to ask about costs of acquiring CCTV (normally in a car) so it moves around (in England I think that outside schools is the one of the few areas that their use is still permitted). The signs, lines and Traffic Regulation Orders will all need to be checked and revised if necessary before you can enforce without having to spend lots of time loosing adjudication appeals on the basis that the above is not quite right.
If you don't then the Council could set up Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) schemes and with local PCSO backing have the JRSO's collect and publicise (with due diligence with respect to Data Protection) drivers who disobey the School Keep Clear markings. If it is really bad the PCSO may get the local Community PC to visit and take such action as they deem appropriate.
"Your Mileage May Vary"


Response posted on 3rd February 2017 by:
Iain Temperton

E: iain.temperton@norfolk.gov.uk
T: 01603 228921

CCTV outside schools to prevent illegal parking

The Norfolk Parking Partnership is progressing a scheme to provide CCTV enforcement outside schools. Our model is to provide the back office system and then for interested schools to purchase the on site equipment and cover the running costs. We do not yet have the first site up and running but expect to do so during 17/18.


Response posted on 6th February 2017 by:
Mark Foweraker

E: m.foweraker@cardiff.gov.uk
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CCTV outside schools to prevent illegal parking

Not sure if this link will work* but its for an article regarding "Bournemouth installs Videalert system outside three schools" which is just what you are asking about. Note it still requires the Authority to operate their own CPE.
http://smarthighways.net/bournemouth-installs-videalert-system-outside-three-schools/?utm_source=Highways+MASTER&utm_campaign=f7e873c284-7DAYSINITS_Smart_Highways_w%2Fc_6th_Feb_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b1f015d01b-f7e873c284-303648217
*cut and paste into your browser if it does not click


Response posted on 6th February 2017 by:
Peter Horne

E: peter.horne@northyorks.gov.uk
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CCTV outside schools to prevent illegal parking

Andrea,
there is an article in the Smart Highways magazine about Bornemouth BC's use of CCTV for this problem:

http://smarthighways.net/bournemouth-installs-videalert-system-outside-three-schools/

Hope this link works!

Peter


Response posted on 13th February 2017 by:
Michael McDonnell

E: michael.mcdonnell@transport.gov.scot
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CCTV outside schools to prevent illegal parking

Do you have a road safety problem at the school gates, or a traffic management problem? And what happens if you clear 'illegally-parked' vehicles, does it allow passing vehicles to go faster and create a problem which currently doesn't exist?


Response posted on 16th February 2017 by:
Paul McKenna

E: paul.mckenna@capita.co.uk
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CCTV outside schools to prevent illegal parking

Interesting to read the comments and my immediate thoughts are that CCTV would be quite an invasive and dramatic measure to solve illegal parking. I would explore all other measures such as CPE as already mentioned and the use of ANPR vehicles. Softer measures such as increasing the take up of School Travel Plans (reducing the reliance on vehicular travel) and working with the schools, governors and parents to solve the problem.


Response posted on 16th February 2017 by:
Paul McKenna

E: paul.mckenna@capita.co.uk
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CCTV outside schools to prevent illegal parking

Interesting to read the comments and my immediate thoughts are that CCTV would be quite an invasive and dramatic measure to solve illegal parking. I would explore all other measures such as CPE as already mentioned and the use of ANPR vehicles. Softer measures such as increasing the take up of School Travel Plans (reducing the reliance on vehicular travel) and working with the schools, governors and parents to solve the problem.


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