Zig-Zag markings outside schools in Crowborough & Rotherfield to be enforced


At a meeting on Wednesday 16th September, East Sussex County Council approved proposals to introduce a Traffic Regulation Order to make the zig-zag lines outside schools in Crowborough & Rotherfield legally enforceable.  See maps.


East Sussex County Council is currently consulting on whether to make the zig-zag keep clear markings outside schools in Crowborough legally enforceable.

School-Keep-ClearThe lines are there to keep entrances free of parked vehicles, even if picking-up or setting-down children, to ensure motorists have clear sight of children.

However, unless they have a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in place, with signs to advise motorists of the hours of operation, they are not enforceable by the council.  This is currently the situation in Crowborough.

A spokesman said:

East Sussex County Council is currently consulting on the introduction of Traffic Regulation Orders outside schools in the Crowborough area.  This was requested by Sussex Police to enable them to legally enforce the School Keep Clear markings, which are currently advisory.  Once key stakeholders have been consulted, the proposed Traffic Regulation Orders will be advertised and members of the public given the opportunity to comment.

Police Officers can still however issue tickets on the grounds of causing an obstruction to other motorists or pedestrians, but not for parking on the yellow zig-zag lines directly.

Keep Clear Markings outside Sir Henry Fermor CofE School on Crowborough Hill

Drivers pulling off from Keep Clear Markings outside Sir Henry Fermor CofE School on Crowborough Hill

East Sussex County Council are thinking about enforcing keep clear markings outside the following schools in Crowborough:

  • St Johns CofE School, School Lane
  • Beacon Academy – both Green Lane and North Beeches Road
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Queens Road
  • Sir Henry Fermor CofE Primary School, B2100 Crowborough Hill
  • Whitehill Infant School, Luxford Road
  • Herne Junior School, Herne Road

  • Jarvis Brook School, Hadlow Down Road

The markings would be enforceable between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, except for August.

In the last Newsletter from Whitehill Infant School and Herne Junior School, Executive Headteacher Gil Sweetenham said:

There have been several incidents recently when children have been nearly hit by vehicles at school drop-off and pick up.  We are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of children at these times.  Please could all parents ensure that they do not park in front of the school gates, as there will be children walking in front of the gates on their way to school.

Eastbourne, Lewes and Hastings

Separate to the proposals for TROs in Crowborough, East Sussex County Council are  considering next Tuesday whether to extend enforcement of school zig-zags in Eastbourne, Lewes and Hastings.

These districts have been designated Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) areas meaning the council are responsible for enforcing on-street parking controls instead of Sussex Police.  In these areas currently 51 out of 118 schools in total have enforceable keep clear markings.  East Sussex County Council are now considering introducing enforcement keep clear markings outside other schools in Eastbourne, Lewes and Hastings where there are proven issues of inconsiderate parking.

A CPE has not been introduced in either Wealden or Rother.  In Crowborough and across these districts, requests for enforceable zig-zag markings have to be prioritised against all of the other demands of the County Council’s road safety budget.

The Department for Transport are expected to relax the requirement for a Traffic Regulation Order later this year.  If this goes ahead, any new enforcement of school keep clear markings can be introduced simply after a Public Notice is displayed at the location, rather than having to pay for an advertisement in local newspapers as is the case with TROs.

The issue of school keep clear markings will be discussed at East Sussex County Council’s meeting on Tuesday 10th February: www.eastsussex.gov.uk.

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