Cars will be banned from driving down ten Sutton roads at school drop-off and pick-up times
Sutton Council is set to introduce the new “school streets” in a bid to improve safety and air quality for children.
The new schemes will come into force on November 1 and which will join 14 others in the borough that were introduced in September 2020.
The introduction of the schemes is expected to cost a total of £643,000 which includes £450,000 for 18 ANPR cameras – plus the £60,000 it cost to carry out a public consultation earlier this year.
This gathered more than 1,500 responses with varied feedback for the different streets.
The responses showed that more than half of the responses were worried about the proposed timings and area covered outside St Philomena’s in Shorts Road.
Forty-six per cent of people raised concerns about the restricted area outside Cheam Fields Primary School, Stoughton Avenue.
Although the majority of people were supportive of the measures outside Muschamp Primary, around 55 per cent of the 163 respondents are in favour of the changes.
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The highest support came from those who responded to the St Elphege’s in Roe Way consultation, with 73 per cent supporting the timing and 88 per cent in support of the area covered.
The other streets that will be affected are Beddington Gardens, Rotherfield Road, Kingston Avenue, Kingsmead Avenue, Thorncroft Road and Camden Road.
The schemes will operate during term time and will not apply to residents in the affected roads.
A school street outside Carshalton Boys in Winchcombe Road was originally supposed to be introduced at the same time but has been put on hold.
In the consultation period it received the most negative feedback off all the schools with 55 per cent having concerns about the timings and 59 per cent concerned about the restriction points.
Councillor Manuel Abellan, chair of Sutton Council’s environment and sustainable transport committee, said: “I would like to thank all the residents and businesses who took the time to respond to the consultations. We have listened to their concerns and ensured that residents and their carers can apply for exemptions.
“Sutton children and parents can now look forward to having one of the highest number of school streets in London to keep them safe at the start and end of the school day.”