School Streets

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A School Street is school led initiative to improve road safety and air quality around schools for pupils, residents, parents and staff. 

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A School Street is an initiative to create safer streets for everyone by reducing traffic congestion and improving local air quality. School Streets involve temporarily closing one or more roads surrounding a school to most vehicles for a short period at the start and end of the school day. Restrictions should have the following benefits for the school community and residents

  • Improved road safety for all road users
  • A reduction in anti-social behaviour from inconsiderate parking and dangerous vehicle movements
  • Less vehicles on the school run, which will reduce traffic and make it easier for pupils, parents, carers and staff to walk, scoot and cycle to school
  • Improved air quality around the school gates due to reduced vehicle idling

A street or several streets around a school temporarily become a pedestrian and cyclist only zone at set times in the morning and afternoon during term time (not including bank holidays). During these restricted times motor vehicles are not permitted to enter the street during the specified times unless they have a valid exemption.

Any vehicle already inside the School Street Zone when the restriction begins will be able to leave without charge.

Emergency services, residents, businesses and blue badge holders are exempt from the restriction. Please see below for more details on exemptions.

Schemes are enforced using Vehicle Registration Mark cameras. Cameras are placed at the entrance of affected roads. Restrictions are supported by legal Traffic Management Orders and any vehicles that are not exempt but travel into the zone will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). The cost of the PCN will be £130, which will be reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.

How long will School Street schemes be in place?

School Streets are initially introduced as a trial and will be reviewed after a period of six to nine months. If the trial period is deemed successful, the scheme can be made permanent by the introduction of a permanent Traffic Management Order.

Who is eligible for an exemption?

  • Residents within the School Street zone;
  • Businesses and their staff located in the School Street zone;
  • School staff (at some locations);
  • Blue Badge holders (this can apply for the holder, or for a third party on behalf of the holder) who require access to an address in the closure area;
  • Registered carers for residents in the School Street zone;
  • Vehicles providing residents of the affected roads with transport to medical appointments;
  • Emergency services;
  • Council waste services;
  • Local buses

Resident and businesses on affected roads who have vehicles with a valid parking permit will have their vehicles automatically exempted. 

Residents and businesses in the closure area who have vehicles that do not have a valid, current parking permit will need to apply for an exemption. All other exemptions can be made within 24 hours of submitting an exemption request if the request is made during working hours, Monday to Friday. Requests made on a Friday may not be processed until the following Monday. You can make a request via the two following methods

  • Use the online form below under “How to apply for the permit”
  • Send evidence of proof of address or proof of employment at a business within the closure, alongside evidence of vehicle ownership and any other appropriate documents (e.g. blue badge) area to the School Streets email: schoolstreets@walthamforest.gov.uk

Vehicles not permitted in the School Street zone

Vehicles listed below will not be granted any exemptions

  • Drivers who do have a valid CPZ permit, but are not a resident of the road
  • Visitors
  • Parents
  • Delivery and Trades people

Apply for a School Street permit online

Please note the vehicle that you are applying for the exemption for must be registered to your address, or a valid reason why it is not must be detailed when applying.

SC1: George Mitchell Primary School

Byron Road, E10 5DS (George Mitchell Primary School); live from Monday 23 September 2019.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8.30am and 9.15am, and 3pm and 3.45pm

SC2: Willow Brook Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School and Riverley Primary School 

Marsh Lane, E10 7BL (Willow Brook Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School and Riverley Primary School); live from Monday 23 September 2019.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only, between 8.15am and 9.15am and 3pm and 4pm.

SC3: Henry Maynard Primary School

Comely Bank Road, Brunswick Street, Wilson Street, Addison Road, Ravenswood Road (the restriction would start after the entry to the medical practice to allow patients to still have vehicle access) and Maynard Road (including a small section of Barclay Road that leads onto Maynard Road).

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only, between 8.30am and 9.15am and 3pm and 4pm. Trial period live from Monday 23 March 2020.

 The start of the trial has been postponed from Monday 23 March 2020 to initially Monday 20 April 2020 due to COVID-19.

The following School Street schemes are in a consultation phase.

The Jenny Hammond Primary School 

The roads where vehicles would be restricted at the start and end of the school day are Carey Road, Elsham Road and Worsley Road. Restrictions would apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8.30am and 9.30am and 3pm and 4pm.
The consultation period ran between Monday 27 January 2020 and Sunday 16 February 2020.

Davies Lane Primary School

We are consulting on two proposals for the trial scheme. 

Proposal 1: The roads where vehicles would be restricted at the start and end of the school day are Barclay Road, Mornington Road, Michael Road, Bushwood (between Mornington Road and the modal filter at the junction with Stanmore Road), Lister Road,

Pastures Path, Davies Lane and Cotton Close. 

Proposal 2: The roads where vehicles would be restricted at the start and end of the school day are Barclay Road, Mornington Road, Michael Road, Bushwood (between Mornington Road and the modal filter at the junction with Stanmore Road), Lister Road,

Pastures Path, Davies Lane, Cotton Close, Ferndale Road, Malvern Road and Montague Road (between the junction with Ferndale Road and the junction with Malvern Road).  

Restrictions would apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8:30am and 9:15am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm

The consultation period will run between Monday 24 February 2020 and Monday 16 March 2020.

George Tomlinson Primary School

The roads where vehicles would be restricted at the start and end of the school day are Harold Road, Vernon Road, Harrington Road and Burghley Road. Restrictions would apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8:30am and 9:30am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm.

The consultation period will run between Monday 24 February 2020 and Monday 16 March 2020.

Hillyfield Primary Academy Hill Site 

The roads where vehicles would be restricted at the start and end of the school day are Oatland Rise, Higham Place and Higham Street (Between Chamberlain Place and Higham Hill Road). Restrictions would apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8:15am and 9:00am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm. 

The consultation period will run between Friday 28 February 2020 and Friday 20 March 2020.

Hillyfield Primary Academy Park Site 

The roads where vehicles would be restricted at the start and end of the school day are Aveling Park Road, Cazenove Road and Marten Road. Restrictions would apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8:15am and 9:00am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm. 

The consultation period will run between Friday 28 February 2020 and Friday 20 March 2020.

South Grove Primary School

We are consulting on two proposals for the trial scheme.

Proposal 1: The road where vehicles would be restricted at the start and end of the school day is Ashford Close.

Proposal 2: The roads where vehicles would be restricted at the start and end of the school day are Ashford Close, Ringwood Road, Gosport Road (between Ringwood Road and the modal filter on Gosport Road), Betts Mews, Callis Road, Campus Road and Tennyson Road.

Restrictions would apply

  • Monday to Friday
  • term time only
  • between 8:15am and 9:00am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm

The consultation period will run between Thursday 5 March 2020 and Thursday 26 March 2020.