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Netherthird Primary to start School Streets trial this October...

Following the success of School Streets trials at Catrine Primary and St Sophia’s Primary in Galston, Netherthird will be the next primary school to trial the initiative which aims to increase road safety and support active travel to school.

A School Street involves a part time restriction on driving motor vehicles on roads around a school. During the restricted periods (weekdays at school opening and closing times), only permit holders, blue badge holders, school transport vehicles (including contracted taxis) and exempted vehicles can drive on these roads. When the trial begins at the newly built Netherthird Primary on 27 October, the roads around the school will be closed from 8.40am - 9.05am and 2.45pm - 3.15pm Monday to Friday during school term times.


Residents in the streets affected will be classified as permit holders and will be issued with two free permits per household for their vehicles so that they can access their property at any time of day.


For parents of children at Netherthird Primary who normally drive to school, the Council has agreed with Netherthird Community Council that the Community Centre car park can be used for Park and Stride.


During the trial, traffic patterns will be monitored and then in December, questionnaires will be posted to residents, circulated to all parents/carers through the school app, and promoted to the wider community via the community council, ward members and social media channels. The trial will last for a minimum of one term (until February holiday) and the results of the monitoring will be used to decide the future of the scheme.


Further information on the trials can be found at www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/schoolstreets


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