It has been brought to our attention that some parents are parking in the middle of the road in Belmont Crescent while they wait with their children for the Prep School to open. In so doing they are preventing residents who have been out in their cars from accessing parking on their return or from leaving the Crescent. We would ask that parents give Crescent residents more consideration.
Neighbours have asked the school to alert parents who have parked in the vicinity of Belmont Street, Belmont Crescent, Colebrooke Street and Colebrooke Place, while waiting for pupils to come out of The Academy, that it is an offence for car engines to be running.
For further information see Section 88 of the Environment Act 1995, Regulation 98 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, as amended, and the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 which make it an offence to leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is parked. The above legislation enables local authorities to instruct motorists to switch off their engines while their vehicles are parked, while issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to those who refuse to cooperate.
While it is not the intention of local authorities to target motorists who leave engines running when parked for no more than a few seconds, their action is targeted towards more serious offenders (e.g. car engines running outside schools while parents wait on their children).
In essence, emissions from stationary vehicles are only a small contributor to overall levels of air pollution, but they can cause discomfort to people in the immediate vicinity, particularly where they occur in sensitive areas (e.g. outside schools). High levels of localised pollution can also trigger symptoms of asthma and other respiratory diseases in vulnerable people.
We would, therefore, encourage all motorists to have due regard to the local environment when parking.
Dropping off Children
May we ask that that parents be more considerate to others when dropping their children off in the morning. Since the school returned at the beginning of the new term there have been reports of parents stopping their cars outside the school gates then taking much longer than they need to get their young children and schoolbags out of the cars before saying goodbye to them, all of which is causing considerable congestion, both outside the school and in Great Western Road and Belmont Street.
We have received reports of parents parking on yellow Zig Zag lines where it is illegal to stop. We would ask that those doing so, for whatever reason, please desist.
North Woodside Road area
Parents using this area as a drop-off and pick-up point, particularly North Woodside Road, have been reported as speeding on occasion. Apart from Academy children using the road to walk to and from school many other children use that road to walk to and from both the primary and secondary schools nearby. So we advise that drivers adhere to the speed limit in the vicinity of the North Woodside area, which is 30mph or slower when children are around.