Renfrewshire Council

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Safer Schools pilot

We're planning to introduce an exclusion zone in the streets around the entrances to four local primary schools as we aim to create a safer, healthier school environment for our pupils.

Safer Schools image So what's happening?

From April 2020, and as part of a six-month pilot, we plan to introducing a part-time vehicle exclusion zone at the start and end of the school day in some of the surrounding streets of four schools within Renfrewshire—with the aim of solving congestion issues, reducing emissions, and ensuring the safety of children around our schools.

The new scheme will help promote active travel by encouraging pupils to walk or cycle to school and will create a safer space for our pupils on their daily commute.

What schools are taking part and which roads will be restricted?

Primary schoolRestricted timesRestricted roads
St Catherine's, Gallowhill8.30am - 9.15am
2.30pm - 3.15pm
Brabloch Crescent
Netherhill Road
St Charles, Paisley8.30am - 9.15am
2.30pm - 3.15pm
Rowan Street
Lochfield, Paisley8.30am - 9.15am
2.30pm - 3.15pm
Quarry Road
Barsail, Erskine8.30am - 9.15am
2.45pm - 3.30pm
Park Moor

So what does this mean?

There will be no vehicles allowed in the cul-de-sacs which access the schools outlined above during the restricted times.

Are there any exemptions?

We recognise that it is necessary for certain vehicles to continue to have access to these streets at all times. Therefore, the following exemptions will apply:

  • Those issued with a permit i.e. residents, or for emergency use;
  • Emergency services, including doctors on call, district nurses, carers and support workers;
  • Postal service vehicles serving properties within the restricted roads;
  • School buses and school transport serving the school within the restricted roads;
  • School Contract Taxis;
  • Blue badge holders residing at or visiting properties within the restricted roads.

If you feel that you have a reason for exemption that is not currently listed, please raise this at the consultation meetings or contact us via
Safer Schools.

Where should I park instead?

We want to encourage active travel to our schools by leaving the car behind so please walk or cycle if at all possible.

If you do need to bring the car, our Road Safety Officer will work with the schools and the community to create a safe travel plan with suitable alternative parking locations identified.

How will this be enforced?

An experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) will be in force for a maximum period of 18 months.

During this time, Police Scotland will issue Fixed Penalty Notices for anyone found driving in these streets during the restricted times without a valid exemption.

Our Wardens Service will also be available to support our colleagues in the Police wherever possible.

How can I let you know my views?

You can make representations to us concerning the scheme which we will use to evaluate and, if necessary, adapt the scheme in response to this feedback.

At the end of the six-month period, the project will be analysed and a decision made as to whether it should be made permanent, modified or withdrawn.

You can come along to one of our consultation sessions to let us know your thoughts.

  • Barsail Primary, Monday 3 February 2020, 6pm
  • Lochfield Primary Monday 17 February 2020, 6.30pm
  • St Catherine's Primary, Monday 24 February 2020, 6pm

We've already met with school staff and parents at St Charles Primary on 5 December and each Head Teacher has been consulted throughout the process so far, as well as many of the parent councils as possible.

If you can't make the meeting above, you can speak to the school directly or contact us on 0300 300 0380 or email Safer Schools.