Let’s target lazy parkers around schools

Parking problems at Capshard Primary
Parking problems at Capshard Primary
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Double yellow lines and waiting restrictions are set to be introduced near to the entrance to two busy Kirkcaldy primary schools.

Councillors on Kirkcaldy area committee this week gave the go ahead for Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) at Capshard Primary on Dunnikier Estate and at Strathallan Primary.

There are problems for residents with parking over driveways and for buses trying to get through

Councillor David Ross

Traffic issues have been causing problems for years at both schools.

However, while giving the green light for the orders to be implemented, councillors expressed continuing misgivings that painting double yellow lines in streets immediately outside schools would simply move problems elsewhere.

They said that what was needed was to completely change the behaviour and attitudes of parents - and to encourage them to send their children to school on foot or bike.

Supporting the TRO for Barry Road, Linn Place, Belleisle Road and Barnton Road at Capshard, Councillor David Ross said: “It is a nightmare at this school as with others. There are problems for residents with parking over driveways and for buses trying to get through.”

But he questioned how the new set up would be enforced and said he could see the problems just moving to other parts of the estate.

Ian B Smith, lead professional in traffic management, said that he would inform officers when the TRO became live and they would go out to ensure it was enforced.

“There is enough enforcement to make an impact and the level then tails off and we discuss with the schools if there are continuing issues.”

Councillor Kay Carrington added: “Kids need to be walking to school because it is the healthier option. Maybe when the school traffic plans are being made they should say that pupils have to walk to school if possible.”

Members approved restrictions at Capshard and Dunrobin Road at Strathallan.