Bourne head attacks CCTV pilot for schools as ‘shocking waste of public money’
A Bourne headteacher has slammed the use of CCTV to stop irresponsible parking outside schools as a “shocking waste of public money”.
Jonathan Maddox, headmaster of Bourne Grammar School, also criticised Lincolnshire County Council for coming up with the £70,000 pilot project to bring in mobile CCTV enforcement across the county without asking them first.
This is a shocking waste of public money, especially at a time of austerity, and, in addition, it seems odd that there was no consultation with the school around this issue
The one-year pilot, due to start in January 2017, will see a van equipped with CCTV to record motorists parking outside schools, including Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, St Thomas’ Primary School, Wyberton, and Bourne Grammar School.
A report on the scheme for county councillors in April said: “As part of an overarching strategy to improve the safety of pedestrians, a pilot scheme for the use of CCTV outside schools is proposed.
“The enforcement of the school ‘zig-zags’ would help to deter drivers from parking in an area that jeopardises the safety of children and school crossing patrol personnel.
“The mobile CCTV system could also be used to enforce other ‘Keep Clear’ markings and pedestrian crossings, enhance the safety of children and council employees during the opening and closing hours of school, assist in the improvement of traffic flows and help to reduce highway congestion.”
But Mr Maddox said: “Road safety is important but we find that our bus drivers and parents are sensible drivers and that our students act responsibility.
“This is a shocking waste of public money, especially at a time of austerity, and, in addition, it seems odd that there was no consultation with the school around this issue.
“Can we please have the £70,000 to spend on improving students’ education (instead)?”