Council line up school parking legislation

The zigzag lines outside schools in the Borders are set to become legally enforceable
The zigzag lines outside schools in the Borders are set to become legally enforceable

THOUSANDS of pounds are to be spent by the council to ensure road markings outside schools can be enforced.

Up to £17,400 could be spent repainting lines, erecting signs and making a traffic regulation order (TRO) which will enable traffic wardens and the police to take action against anyone parking on ‘School Keep Clear’ markings.

In Berwickshire more than £4,000 could be spent on the measures.

Currently the yellow zigzag line markings are only advisory, but the proposed legislation will make it illegal for vehicles to park on the lines on weekdays between 8am and 4pm.

In November 2010 the council backed a motion by then member Fiona Lackenby for a ‘move forward’ to be made on the issue.

A council spokesman said the May 2011 election, the preparation of plans and legal documents, and changes in the committee system had all held back the proposal.

He added that demands on the legal services team had also led to delays with the consultation and draft of the TRO.

The spokesman said: “Of the spend of £17,400, roughly half this estimate (c£8,500) relates to road markings and is what is seen as necessary should all sites need their existing road markings ­refreshed.”