School friendly zone to start at Letham Primary School

Monday 19 December 2022

A school friendly zone will start at Letham Primary School to improve road safety and active travel when children return after the Christmas break on Monday 9 January 2023.

The School Friendly Zone restriction will be implemented on a trial basis, covered by an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), for a maximum period of 18 months. The ETRO stops vehicles (except for emergency services, medical staff, carers attending patients, teaching staff, residents with permit holders and blue badge holders) from entering certain streets during term time in the morning and afternoon.

Following a public meeting in August 2022, it was agreed to make some changes to the initial zone, this includes:

  • implementing the zone on a shorter length of Braehead Road that lies between the junction of East Blairs Road/Gardyne Street and just beyond the access to Vinny Den
  • the zone being in force between 08:30hrs and 09:15hrs and 14:45hrs and 15:30hrs at the start and end of the school day
  • a simplified resident’s permit process.

A stakeholder’s group has been set up to oversee, manage and maintain the trial. This is made up of Police Scotland, council staff, local members, the Community Council, school representatives and residents of Braehead Road.

Communities Convenor, Cllr Mark McDonald said: “I’m pleased to see the school friendly zone ready to start at Letham Primary School. Council staff listened to the concerns Letham residents had about the initial proposal and following discussions with them, Police Scotland, council staff, the Community Council, school representatives’ they made changes to the scheme. I’d like to thank the residents for their valued input into the scheme and going forward through the trial that will hopefully prove a success.”

Children and Learning Convenor, Cllr Lynne Devine added “Road safety is very important, particularly outside schools, so it’s great to see the school friendly zone going ahead at Letham Primary School.

“These trials are a great opportunity to not only create a safer, more relaxed atmosphere for children and families walking and cycling to school but by decreasing the amount of air pollution creating a healthier environment around our schools too.”

The moving vehicle restrictions will be enforced by Police Scotland and Angus Council’s Community Enforcement Team will enforce the double yellow line element of the proposals. Anyone can object to the proposals provided the objection is received within the first six months of the restriction coming into force.

Before and during this trial, certain markers will be documented. These markers include air quality; traffic volumes; road accidents; congestion; and the uptake of active travel habits. Public perception of the proposals will also be taken into consideration when making the decision.

At the end of the trial, a report will be submitted to Angus Council’s Communities Committee where council staff will either recommended removing the scheme completely or to make it permanent, depending on the results of the trial markers.