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School Streets

School Streets

Following the success of five experimental ‘School Streets’ earlier this year in Sutton, we will be launching thirteen more experimental ‘School Streets’ across the borough as schools return this autumn.

School Streets are, in their simplest form, timed closures to vehicles outside schools at pick-up and drop-off times. The School Street scheme has been run successfully in a number of other boroughs in London and across the UK. 

The results from these schemes show a positive improvement to the neighbourhoods they are located in, with an increase in walking and cycling to and from school, a reduction in traffic, dangerous parking and an improvement in air quality and noise levels. The trials will launch on: 

Monday 14 September 2020 at:

Monday 21 September at: 

Monday 28 September at:

Monday 19 October at:

If you have any questions please contact streetspace@sutton.gov.uk

Exemptions 

The following groups are exempt from the School Street closures at all times:

  • Residents living in the roads around the School Street

  • Blue badge holders

  • School Staff/Teachers

  • Emergency services

  • Children receiving SEND services

  • Taxicard - 5mph lights on

  • Council vehicles (waste collection, etc).

Professional carers or district nurses, on essential visits, may enter a barrier enforced scheme by producing formal identification to a member of staff.

 

The following are not permitted to enter the School Street by motor vehicle during the timed closures:

  • Delivery companies

  • Visitors

Permits

Residents of the streets where Robin Hood Juniors (link here), Carshalton Boys Sports College (link here) and Harris Academy Juniors (link here) are situated will need to apply for a permit. Please note, residents will not need to register for exemptions at other school streets locations.

Blue Badge Holders 

  • Blue badge holders are exempt from the restrictions. 
  • Only Blue Badge holders where Robin Hood Juniors (link here), Carshalton Boys Sports College (link here) and Harris Academy Juniors (link here) are situated will need to register their status on the relevant vehicle registration form (this link will be available from 14 Sep).
  • Blue badge holders do not need to register their status for all other schemes.
  • For schemes which are being marshalled, please show your blue badge (through your windscreen) to a marshall who will allow you access through the relevant road, please remember to exercise extreme caution when driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. 

Overton Grange Secondary (Stanley Road) 

From Monday 14 September 2020, Stanley Road and Ventnor Road (from the junction south of Camborne Road) will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.15-9.15am) and afternoons (2.15-3.30pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents of Stanley Road (south of Camborne Road junction) and Ventnor Road are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal. However, please remember to exercise extreme caution if driving during these times as parents and children may be walking in the road. There is no need to register your vehicle for this scheme if you are a resident living in these streets or in one of the exempt groups listed above.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Stanley Road at the junction of Camborne Road.

  • The scheme will initially be ‘self-enforced’ and the school will request that parents do not drive into Stanley Road.

  • Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will periodically monitor parking restrictions in and around the closure area enforcing parking restrictions.

 

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 14 September.

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls & St Mary’s Catholic Juniors (Shorts Road) 

From Monday 14 September 2020, Shorts Road between the Colston Avenue roundabout and Alma Road will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.15-9.15am) and afternoons (2.15-3.30pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents of Shorts Road (between Colston Avenue roundabout and Alma Road)  are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal. However, please remember to exercise extreme caution if driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. There is no need to register your vehicle for this scheme if you are a resident living in these streets or in one of the exempt groups listed above.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Shorts Road at the junctions of Colston Avenue roundabout and near the junction of Alma Road.

  • The scheme will initially be ‘self-enforced’ and the school will request that parents and carers do not drive into Shorts Road, between Colston Avenue roundabout and the junction of Alma Road.

  • Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will periodically monitor parking restrictions in and around the closure area enforcing parking restrictions.

 

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 14 September.

Rushy Meadow Primary (Fellowes Road) 

From Monday 14 September 2020, the following roads will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.15-9.45am) and afternoons (2.30-3.45pm):

  • Byne Road

  • Bullrush Close

  • Brooklyn Close

  • Fellowes Road 

  • Marfleet Close

  • Pinners Close

  • Seven Acres

  • Simms Close 

 This will be during school term times only.

Residents in these streets are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal.

Residents of Muschamp Road (between Green Wrythe Lane and Byne Road), as well as 110-148 Wrythe Lane and 123a Wrythe Lane, are also exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal. 

However, please remember to exercise extreme caution if driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. There is no need to register your vehicle for this scheme if you are a resident living in these streets or in one of the exempt groups listed above.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Fellowes Road at the junctions of Green Wrythe Lane and Wrythe Lane.

  • The scheme will initially be ‘self-enforced’ and the school will request that parents do not drive into Fellowes Road.

  • Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will periodically monitor parking restrictions in and around the closure area enforcing parking restrictions.

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 14 September.

All Saints Carshalton C of E Primary School (Rotherfield Road)

From Monday 14 September 2020 Rotherfield Road, Lakin Close and Talbot Road (from the junction with Carshalton Place) will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.15-9.45am) and afternoons (2.15-3.45pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents of Rotherfield Road, Lakin Close or Talbot Road (from the junction with Carshalton Place) are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal. However, please remember to exercise extreme caution if driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. There is no need to register your vehicle for this scheme if you are a resident living in these streets or in one of the exempt groups listed above.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Rotherfield Road at the junctions with Carshalton High Street, Ruskin Road and Talbot Road. 

  • The scheme will initially be ‘self-enforced’. 

  • Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will periodically monitor parking restrictions in and around the closure area enforcing parking restrictions.

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 14 September.

Bandon Hill Primary School and Sherwood Hill School (Beddington Gardens)

From Monday 14 September 2020 Beddington Gardens (west of Boundary Road and Longacre Place) will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.15-9.30am) and afternoons (2.15-3.30pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents of Beddington Gardens (west of Boundary Road or Longacre Place) are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal. However, please remember to exercise extreme caution if driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. There is no need to register your vehicle for this scheme if you are a resident living in these streets or in one of the exempt groups listed above.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Beddington Gardens, at the junctions with Boundary Road.

  • The scheme will initially be ‘self-enforced’ and the school will request that parents do not drive into Beddington Gardens.

  • Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will periodically monitor parking restrictions in and around the closure area enforcing parking restrictions.

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 14 September.

Cheam Park Farm Junior Academy (Kingston Avenue) 

From Monday 21 September 2020, Kingston Avenue (between Windsor Avenue and Kew Crescent) will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.15-9.45am) and afternoons (2.15-3.45pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents of Kingston Avenue living between Kew Crescent and Windsor Avenue are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal. However, please remember to exercise extreme caution if driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. There is no need to register your vehicle for this scheme if you are a resident living in these streets or in one of the exempt groups listed above.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street without receiving a penalty.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Kingston Avenue.

  • The scheme will initially be ‘self-enforced’ but barriers and marshals will be deployed where there is staff capacity to do so to ensure parents do not enter. 

  • Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will periodically monitor parking restrictions in and around the closure area enforcing parking restrictions.

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 21 September.

Muschamp Primary (Muschamp Road)

From Monday 21 September 2020, Muschamp Road (between Green Wrythe Lane and Byne Road) will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.15-9.45am) and afternoons (2.30-3.45pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents of Muschamp Road (between Green Wrythe Lane and Byne Road), as well as 110-148 Wrythe Lane and 123a Wrythe Lane are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street without receiving a penalty.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Muschamp Road.

  • This is a barrier scheme which will be monitored by staff from the school who will be supervising the barriers to ensure parents do not enter. 

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 21 September.

St Elpheges Catholic Infants and Juniors (Roe Way)

From Monday 21 September 2020, Roe Way (from the junction with Mollison Drive) will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (7.45-9.15am) and afternoons (2.00-3.45pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents of Roe Way are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal. However, please remember to exercise extreme caution if driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. There is no need to register your vehicle for this scheme if you are a resident living in these streets or in one of the exempt groups listed above.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street without receiving a penalty.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Roe Way.

  • This is a barrier scheme which will be monitored by staff from the school who will be supervising the barriers to ensure parents do not enter. 

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 21 September.

Robin Hood Juniors (Thorncroft Road) 

From Monday 28 September 2020, parts of Thorncroft Road and Greenford Road will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.20-9.30am) and afternoons (2.15-3.45pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents who live on Thorncroft Road and Greenford Road close to Robin Hood Junior School are able to register for an exemption to the scheme to ensure they do not receive a penalty when the School Street scheme starts. These residents will receive a letter in September 2020 asking them to register their vehicle(s) so that they can enter and leave during the restricted times as normal.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street without receiving a penalty.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Thorncroft Road.

  • The zone will be enforced by a camera car to discourage parents trying to drive into the ‘school streets’ zone.

  • Any vehicles not permitted to enter the zone will be automatically issued with a penalty.

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 28 September.

Carshalton Boys Sports College (Winchcombe Road)

From Monday 28 September 2020, sections of Winchcombe Road (between the junctions of Wigmore Road and Welhouse Road) will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.10-9.00am) and afternoons (2.45-3.25pm). This will be during school term times only.

Some residents who live on sections of Winchcombe Road are able to register for an exemption to the scheme to ensure they are not at risk of receiving a penalty. These residents will receive a letter in September 2020 asking them to register their vehicle(s) so that they can enter and leave during the restricted times as normal.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning or afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street without receiving a penalty.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Winchcombe Road. 

  • The zone will be enforced by a camera car which should serve as a deterrent to parents trying to drive into the ‘school streets’ zone.

  • Any vehicles not permitted to enter the zone will be automatically issued with a penalty.

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. 

Harris Junior Academy, Carshalton (Camden Road) 

From Monday 28 September 2020, Camden Road and Hollymead will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.00-9.15am) and afternoons (3.00-4.00pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents who live on Camden Road and Hollymead are able to register for an exemption to the scheme to ensure they are not at risk of receiving a penalty. These residents will receive a letter in September 2020 asking them to register their vehicle(s) and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street without receiving a penalty.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of the entrance to Camden Road from North Street.

  • The zone will be enforced by a camera car which should serve as a deterrent to parents trying to drive into the ‘school streets’ zone.

  • Any vehicles not permitted to enter the zone will be automatically issued with a penalty.

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. 

Cheam Common Infants' and Junior Academy (Kingsmead Avenue)

From Monday 19 September 2020, Kingsmead Avenue (between Balmoral Road and Dalmeny Road) will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8:15am - 8:45am) and afternoons (2:45pm and 3.30pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents of Kingsmead Avenue (between Balmoral Road and Dalmeny Road) are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal. However, please remember to exercise extreme caution if driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. There is no need to register your vehicle for this scheme if you are a resident living in these streets or in one of the exempt groups listed above.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Kingsmead Avenue, at the junctions with Balmoral Road and Dalmeny Road.

  • The scheme will initially be ‘self-enforced’ and the school will request that parents do not drive into Kingsmead Avenue.

  • Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will periodically monitor parking restrictions in and around the closure area enforcing parking restrictions.

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 19 October.

Cheam Fields Primary Academy (Stoughton Avenue)

From Monday 19 September 2020, Stoughton Avenue (between Chatsworth Road and Tilehurst Road) will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday to Friday mornings (8:15am - 9.00am) and afternoons (2:45pm and 3.30pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents of Stoughton Avenue (between Chatsworth Road and Tilehurst Road) are exempt from the restrictions and will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal. However, please remember to exercise extreme caution if driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. There is no need to register your vehicle for this scheme if you are a resident living in these streets or in one of the exempt groups listed above.

Please note as well: 

  • Any vehicle already in the zone when the morning and afternoon closures start will be permitted to exit the street.

  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of Stoughton Avenue, at the junctions with Chatsworth Road and Tilehurst Road.

  • The scheme will initially be ‘self-enforced’ and the school will request that parents do not drive into Stoughton Avenue.

  • Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will periodically monitor parking restrictions in and around the closure area enforcing parking restrictions.

Please see the link here to have your say on the consultation. This consultation will be live from 19 October.

Frequently asked questions

You can see answers to your frequently asked questions here. This page will be regularly updated.

Q: Why is the council putting these schemes in place now? 

A: Transport for London modelling predicts that, without action, traffic volumes may get much worse than before the COVID-19 crisis. We must act now to create more space for local people to use sustainable transport (like walking, or cycling) as an alternative to using public transport while there’s limited capacity, or turning to private motor vehicles. The development of technology, including sat-nav and associated mobile apps, has also led to an increase in vehicles cutting through residential areas as they travel through Sutton. If more people choose to drive as lockdown restrictions are eased, this will increase, making streets more dangerous and unhealthy for the people who live on them. This is why we are taking action now. 

Q: Where is the money coming from?

A: Sutton Council has been awarded £1million in emergency active travel funding from the Department for Transport and Transport for London. This is to implement more than 30 schemes borough-wide that will help social distancing and make it easier for people to walk and cycle safely.

Q: Why haven’t we been consulted before this work takes place? 

A: As an emergency fund from the Government and TfL, proposals from all London Boroughs had to be submitted quickly, making the normal public consultation process difficult. We submitted funding bids in June to TfL and the Government and all schemes must be delivered by September. 

Our Safer, Active, Greener, Streets programme has been based, as much as possible, on areas where the Council has carried out public consultations on this issue before. Where this was not possible, officers recommended areas which they are confident will benefit from these schemes. 

Q: How can I have my say?

A: All residents will be informed by letter if a scheme is launching in their area. 

We have chosen to implement the scheme on a temporary basis, under an experimental traffic order. 

This means that during the first six months, a survey will be launched on our consultation website to capture your views on how the measures are working, we can review feedback and make any necessary changes. This will allow enough time for you to experience the changes and for traffic patterns to have settled down. 

Q: What is a School Street?

A: School streets are, in their simplest form, timed closures to motor traffic outside schools - usually during pick up and drop off times. The School Street scheme has been run successfully in a number of other boroughs in London and across the UK. The results from these schemes show a positive improvement to the neighbourhoods they are run in, with an increase in sustainable travel to and from school, reduction of poor parking and improvement in air quality.

Q: When will the school streets scheme start?

A: The initial trial of the scheme will launch on: 

Monday 14 September 2020 at:

  • Overton Grange Secondary (Stanley Road) 
  • St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls & St Mary’s Catholic Juniors (Shorts Road) 
  • Rushy Meadow Primary (Fellowes Road) 
  • All Saints Carshalton C of E Primary School (Rotherfield Road)
  • Bandon Hill Primary School and Sherwood Hill School (Beddington Gardens)

Monday 21 September at: 

  • Cheam Park Farm Junior Academy (Kingston Avenue) 
  • Muschamp Primary (Muschamp Road)
  • St Elpheges Catholic Infants and Juniors (Roe Way)

Monday 28 September at:

  • Robin Hood Juniors (Thorncroft Road) 
  • Carshalton Boys Sports College (Winchcombe Road)
  • Harris Junior Academy, Carshalton (Camden Road) 

Monday 19 October at:

  • Cheam Common Infants' and Junior Academy (Kingsmead Avenue)
  • Cheam Fields Primary Academy (Stoughton Avenue)

 The trials will run for a minimum of six months.

Q: How do I apply for a permit?

A: Residents of the streets where Robin Hood Juniors (link here), Carshalton Boys Sports College (link here) and Harris Academy Juniors (link here) are situated will need to apply for a permit. Please note, residents will not need to register for exemptions at other school streets locations.

Q: What times are the restrictions in force?

A: Restriction times will differ from school to school due to staggered opening and closing times and the need to socially distance pupils. For the most part, school street schemes will run between 8.00-9.00am and 2.00-3.30pm. Traffic signs at each location will display official operation times.

Q: Does this mean residents on those roads can't have visitors or tradespeople arriving (by vehicle) between those times?

A: Please co-ordinate with any visitors or delivery companies to avoid arriving during the morning or afternoon operation times. 

The current set of prescribed automatic exemptions include residents, school staff, emergency vehicles and statutory undertakers such as utility company vehicles.

Q: Are there visitor permits?

A: At this time it is not proposed to provide permits to visitors.

Q: I have a district nurse/carer that comes to visit me. What will happen to them?

A: Your district nurse or carer will still be able to park on nearby roads and walk in. 

Q: I am a blue badge holder. What about me?

A:

  • Blue badge holders are exempt from the restrictions. 
  • Only Blue Badge holders where Robin Hood Juniors (link here), Carshalton Boys Sports College (link here) and Harris Academy Juniors (link here) are situated will need to register their status on the relevant vehicle registration form (this link will be available from 14 Sep).
  • Blue badge holders do not need to register their status for all other schemes.
  • For schemes which are being marshalled, please show your blue badge (through your windscreen) to a marshall who will allow you access through the relevant road, please remember to exercise extreme caution when driving during these times, as parents and children may be walking in the road. 

Q: Who enforces this restriction?

A: London Borough of Sutton Parking Enforcement team

Q: What is the penalty for driving through the area when the restrictions are in force?

A: Parking Charge Notice (PCN) of £130.00 discounted to £65 if paid within 14 days of the date of the notice.

Q: If there’s not a physical barrier how will this work?

A: There are gateway signs at the entrance to each restricted street with details of the times that the restriction is in force. Five schools have offered staff to help supervise the scheme and will have barriers. Each scheme will be subject to monitoring. If it is found that there is a high degree of non-compliance from parents and carers further restriction, such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, will be considered.

Q: Where can I park?

A: Parents/carers not able to walk their whole journey to school are asked to park outside of the restriction and complete the last part on foot.

We ask that all parents/carers park considerately and consider the access needs of local residents when parking.

Residents will be able to continue to access School Streets when the restriction is in force. Any existing parking restrictions in place on the roads will continue to operate and anyone parking in contravention of these will be liable for the relevant penalty notice.

Q: If my road is closed, how will emergency vehicles be able to access?

A: The safety of our residents is our top priority. Sutton Council is working closely with all the emergency services before each scheme is installed to make sure they can still access every street and will continue to work with them to see how the trial measures work in practice.