Plans to restrict parents parking outside a Weymouth school

Plans to restrict parents parking outside a Weymouth school

Published by Helen Down at 5:14pm 2nd January 2020. (Updated at 5:16pm 2nd January 2020)

A new traffic order near St Augustine's School is being proposed.

Parents who put children at risk by poor parking at a Weymouth school could be tackled by new legal restrictions.

Dorset Council plan an experimental traffic regulation order for part of Hardy Avenue after St Augustine’s School called for help.

The school says it tried to stop inconsiderate parking by parents and carers by using teaching assistants at the start and end of the school day - but has been advised that directing traffic should not be their job.

Dorset Council says that the current single yellow line restriction does not prohibit dropping off and collecting - leaving enforcement officers powerless to act.

It is now proposing a new traffic order for Hardy Avenue which will allow tickets to be issued to parents/carers who flout the regulations, even if they only stop momentarily. 

Hardy Avenue map proposed traffic regulation order
The yellow lines are where the new traffic regulation order are planned

The order, if approved, will apply Monday to Friday 0830 to 0930 and 1430 to 1530.

A report to councillors says the issue of inconsiderate parent parking in Hardy Avenue has been known for many years with several visits by council enforcement officers:  

"There have been many incidents within the turning circle directly outside the school gate with cars reversing and trying to turn, and the school decided to place a member of their TA staff to try to supervise matters outside the gate. 

"Dorset Council have advised the school that despite their good intentions their staff should not be on the highway directing traffic.

"The experimental TRO (School Keep Clear) will allow enforcement officers to issue tickets to any driver dropping off or collecting."

Formal advertisement of the new traffic order is expected to be completed in the new year, provided there is a positive response from Hardy Avenue residents.

Weymouth Town Council’s planning committee is being asked for its views at a meeting tonight on Tuesday, January 2nd.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter