School exclusion zones to start at five Angus primary schools when children return on after the summer holidays

Friday 5 August 2022

Vehicle exclusion zones will start at Andover, Carlogie, Letham, Liff and Southesk primary schools when children return to school on Tuesday 16 August 2022.

The experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) stops vehicles (except for emergency services, residents with permit holders and blue badge holders) from entering certain streets during term time in the morning and afternoon to improve road safety and encourage families to school to walk, cycle or scoot to school. The trial will last for a minimum of six months and up to 18 months.

ETROs give people the chance to experience at first-hand the traffic changes that are being tested. If the changes are not working then there is the chance to modify those during the first six-months of the trial period. If changes are made this would then restart the six-month clock again. Where objections remain at the end of the next six-month period, the decision on whether they become permanent will be made by councillors at committee.

The times of application of the restrictions have been developed with stakeholder groups at each location. These can be changed by a variation order as part of the ETRO process at any time.

In advance of the publishing of the ETROs, meetings with stakeholders at each location have been held, including local residents. Engagement will continue as the ETROs are implemented. The Letham Primary School Stakeholder Group is meeting on Monday 8 August with residents living in Letham as part of the open discussion regarding the trial.

Angus Council’s Children and Learning Convener, Cllr Lynne Devine said: “Removing vehicles outside the school gates has the potential to make a real difference to the safety of our young people. By introducing school exclusion zones to five more schools in Angus we’ll be able to monitor air quality, traffic volumes as well as road safety, congestion and active travel by pupils and families.

“Experimental traffic regulation orders are genuinely experimental and can be adapted along the way to achieve something workable whilst also continuing to ensure that due process is carried out and any objections properly considered.”

Angus Council’s Communities Committee Convener, Cllr Mark McDonald added: “Air pollution around schools near busy main roads is a real problem, especially with car engines left idling.  Early indications from trials we started with three schools last summer are already showing that the restriction of vehicles within the zones have resulted in better air quality which is great as it’s reducing the exposure of harmful pollution to pupils from vehicles. I look forward to seeing the results for these new five primary schools as the trial progresses to see if the restrictions are needed in the longer term.

“As well as making a different to the air quality around the school, we hope it also encourages more parents, carers and children to walk, cycle and scoot more regularly to school.”

Police Scotland will be enforcing the moving vehicle violation element of the school exclusion zones where an unpermitted vehicle entering the zone during the restricted times with a fixed penalty notice. The council’s Community Enforcement Wardens will be enforcing doubled yellow lines and school markings within the zones and surrounding areas, to ensure vehicles are not parked in inappropriate locations around the school.

Sergeant Gordon Dickson from the area’s Road Policing Unit, Police Scotland said: “We have worked closely with Angus Council over the years in relation to school safety and will continue to do so to ensure it is safe for all of our children to get to and from their schools. The new school exclusion zones are there for the safety of everyone’s children. They’re an excellent way of promoting road safety and my team will be out there educating and enforcing.”

Traffic restriction times during term time:

  • Andover Primary School, Brechin - 07:45 - 09:15, 14:45 - 18:15
  • Carlogie Primary School, Carnoustie - 08:30 - 09:15, 14:45 - 15:45
  • Letham Primary School, Forfar - 07:45 - 09:15, 14:45 - 18:15* (* under review)
  • Liff Primary School, Liff - 08:30 - 09:15, 14:45 - 15:45
  • Southesk Primary School, Montrose - 07:45 - 09:15, 14:45 - 18:15.

Residents living in the streets effected will be to apply for a permit exempting them from restrictions through our website.

You can view maps showing the restrictions on our website.