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CCTV van to tackle school parking problems

A van fitted with CCTV cameras is to deployed in Lincolnshire to help combat the parking problems being experienced at local schools.

At present parents and children at schools across the county are struggling during drop-off and pick-up times because many parents or carers are parking in an irresponsible manner. To solve the issue, the county council has announced it is going to launch a new patrol vehicle.

The parking enforcement van will drive up and down the streets outside of local schools and, using the CCTV cameras fitted on the outside of the vehicle, it will record the parents who are at fault.

According to the Sleaford Standard, the proposal is still in the early stages, and it is not yet known where or when the van will be deployed or for how long the pilot will run. However, it is reported that the van will act as if it were a traffic warden, penalising those who park on double yellow lines or within keep clear sections.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport, acknowledged: “We have a real parking problem and it has got to the stage where something needs to be done – this is about the safety of children.”

Stephen Tapley, head teacher at William Alvey C of E School in Eastgate, added: “It is an ongoing problem. We have had a number of complaints recently about parking outside the school, so I am very much in favour of any initiative that has the safety of our children as a priority.”

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