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School Streets Schemes - the Calcot Schools

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Consultation status Results published
Start date: 2021-09-02
End date: 2022-09-30
Results 2022-11-30
Category: Roads, Transport and Parking, Schools, Learning and Libraries
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Activity closed. Results published

Background

The Department of Transport have given us some funding to provide Active Travel schemes to encourage more cycling, walking and scooting. This means that we've been able to set up a School Streets scheme. This is a community-based approach, which aims to:

  • Cut down on traffic and parking pressures outside schools.
  • Discourage car journeys to school and encourage walking and cycling.
  • Make the streets outside schools safer at the start and end of the day.
  • Improve air quality and create a more pleasant environment for everyone.

The schemes put children and families first, to keep them safe and healthy by encouraging walking, scooting and cycling. They also limit the impact vehicle movement may have on the desires of a school community to embrace active travel at the start and finish of a school day, as well as the impact extra vehicles may have on local residents living close to our schools.

Watch this short video to learn more about the School Streets Scheme.

We first consulted with you from 22 February to 23 April 2021 about options for a Schools Streets scheme at Calcot Schools, which included options for restricted only access points at Royal Avenue and Curtis Road, and restricted access only times. 

Following on from this initial consultation, we've listened to your feedback and have designed a scheme, which will be introduced at the start of the new school year on Thursday, 2 September 2021. This is our first one, and will set the basis of our other schools in our district, should the scheme have a positive impact, and is found to encourage more active travel choices.


Why we want your views

Before the project is considered for permanent implementation, we'd like to know how you think it's working, whether you agree with the measures put in place, and whether it has changed the way you travel to and from the Calcot schools.

Watch a short video to see how the scheme has made a difference at the Calcot Schools.

Use the slider to see a "before and after" the scheme has been implemented


How to take part

If you'd like to tell us your experience of the School Streets scheme at the Calcot Schools, please complete our survey by 5pm Friday, 30 September 2022.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact activetravel@westberks.gov.uk


What happens next

Once the pilot scheme has been in place for six to nine months it will be reviewed, and if appropriate, changed according to the feedback you provide.

Your feedback will be considered and a report presented to the Transport Advisory Group, who will make a decision in spring 2022 as to whether the scheme is permanently implemented or not.

We'll publish what's happening on the Commonplace News Page, so please remember to register your interest to ensure you receive regular updates.

What you told us

An informal consultation was held between 28 January and 18 February 2021 in order to gauge the level of local support for the project. Following a positive response, the details of the scheme were developed. The scheme was launched on 2 September 2021, and a statutory consultation began, inviting comments on and objections to the restriction.

The key messages were:

  1. No formal (statutory) objections to the restriction continuing in force have been received.
  2. The Head and Governors of Calcot Junior and Infant Schools would like the scheme to be made permanent.
  3. The majority of respondents agreed with the objective of encouraging Active Travel to school and restricting access to Royal Avenue.
  4. Several respondents said that they felt safer walking or cycling as a result of the restriction.
  5. Thames Valley Police have stated that whilst they support the principles of the scheme and were able to provide enforcement support to assist with its launch.
  6. and early days of operation, it would not be realistic to expect ongoing enforcement action.
  7. The issue of ensuring and promoting compliance with the restriction was raised by a wide cross section of respondents, with many observing that a small but significant minority of road users are not abiding by the restriction. Potential means.

You can read the full report online.

What we did

It was approved by Individual Executive Member Decision on Thursday, 26 May 2022 that the traffic restrictions imposed for the School Streets Pilot Project at the Calcot Infant and Junior Schools be made permanent, but that more enforcement was required. Feedback on the design is open for consultation until 30 September 2022.

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