Mobile CCTV cameras will be used to enforce parking restrictions outside two schools in Bourne.
The pilot scheme has been approved by county councillors this week in a bid to stop drivers parking on zig zag lines and other restricted areas and so increase safety at schools.
Bourne Grammar and Bourne Westfield Primary Academy have been chosen to be part of the pilot scheme which will start in January.
A report to county councillors this week said: “The use of a mobile CCTV enforcement vehicle would enhance the safety of children and council employees during the opening and closing hours of schools, assist in the improvement of traffic flows and help to reduce highway congestion. The CCTV vehicle could also help to improve safety at pedestrian crossings and other keep-clear areas.”
The total cost of the scheme, which will be implemented at eight schools around the county, will be £69,073.
The pilot scheme will run until July 2017 when it will be reviewed and a decision taken on whether to implement a permanent scheme.
But a spokesman for Bourne Grammar School said it could not comment as it was unaware the scheme was going to be implemented.
No-one was available from Bourne Westfield to comment but traffic safety at the school has been a long-running concern. One woman set up a petition trying to implement a one-way system but it was not widely accepted by residents. Since then a task group has been set up by Bourne Town Council with residents to consider the issue and look at possible solutions.
Coun Richard Davies (Con), executive member for highways, gave the green light for the pilot scheme.
He said: “Pedestrians and children are put at risk by parents in a rush who park irresponsibly outside schools. Some parents park across nearby driveways, blocking residents in to their own properties. This isn’t fair and can cause a massive inconvenience.
“Our parking wardens already patrol outside of schools to enforce traffic restrictions such as double parking and parking on double yellow lines.
“Unfortunately, it is very difficult for them to deter people from parking on ‘keep clear zig zags’ as motorists drop off their children and quickly leave before a warden can take action.
“You can’t stop or park in these zones at any time – they must be kept clear to keep children and pedestrians safe. To counteract this we are proposing running a pilot scheme using a van equipped with CCTV equipment to record motorists who park here. Registrations plates would then be used to generate a Penalty Charge Notice, which would be posted to the vehicle owner.”
The pilot scheme will also be run at nominated schools in Boston, Sleaford, Grantham and Lincoln.