School parkers facing crackdown

Linlithgow. St Joseph's Primary school. Road markings.
Linlithgow. St Joseph's Primary school. Road markings.
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Zig zag markings outside local schools have been made

legally enforceable by West Lothian Council.

All ‘Keep Clear’ markings outside Linlithgow Academy, Springfield Primary, Linlithgow Primary, St Joseph’s

Primary, Torphichen Primary and Westfield Primary will now be patrolled by local police and anyone who parks on the lines between 8am and 5pm on Monday to Friday could be fined.

This week’s development has been welcomed by local schools.

David MacKenzie, headteacher at Linlithgow Academy said: “This is very welcome because the congestion we have is difficult to manage.

“We have 10 buses, seven mini buses and six taxis, all of which have to get away within 10 minutes of the bell. Anything to ease access is welcomed. It is also good for children to walk further too.”

The move to enforce the road markings was made after requests from schools, the public and the police.

Harriet Drury of the Parent Council at Linlithgow Primary School, added: “I would support the policy as I am keen to see car use reduced both for child safety and for environmental issues.

“I feel that many of the car journeys that are used for dropping off children are unnecessary and that it would be a good way to encourage parents to organise themselves to create a shared system of walk to school.”

Funding for the move was secured from a Scottish Government Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets grant approved by the council in April 2012. Police Scotland have also stated that enforcement will be undertaken by local officers depending on resource levels and other priorities.