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CCTV set up outside Ilford school is not ‘just to spy on parents’ Redbridge Council claims

PUBLISHED: 10:35 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 12 October 2018

Zigzag lines are there for a reason, the leader of the council, councillor Jas Athwal said. Picture: Richard Vernalls

Zigzag lines are there for a reason, the leader of the council, councillor Jas Athwal said. Picture: Richard Vernalls

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New CCTV set up outside an Ilford school is not “just to spy on parents” illegally dropping off their children on zigzag lines, Redbridge Council confirmed.

Cameras with automatic number plate recognition will be erected outside SS Peter & Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Gordon Road as part of a Transport for London (TfL) trial looking at Air quality and safety.

The council said the scheme hopes to deter unauthorised vehicles from streets surrounding the school, improve safety and reduce congestion at drop off and collection times.

Leader of the council, Councillor Jas Athwal, said the cameras will also tackle road safety issues and help in the fight against childhood obesity.

“It is not just about catching parents, it’s about changing the culture and trying to clean up our dirty air,” he said,

“It is also about protecting our children - zigzag lines are there for a reason.

“When I dropped my children off at Redbridge schools before going to work I would park five or 10 minutes away and they got used to it - it’s all about planning your journey and it meant I would avoid congestion as well.

“For some kids, the only exercise they get is in the playground, it would be much more healthy for them to walk to school.”

Cllr Athwal said some of the schools in Redbridge have an air quality that is above safe thresholds and generations of young people will grow up with dirty air in their lungs unless action is taken.

“Air quality is not going to get better unless we do something,” he added.

If the trial is successful it could be rolled out to more schools in the borough if extra funding is given the green light.

Leader of Redbridge Conservatives, Councillor Linda Huggett, said any safety scheme that prevents children from being injured by motorists or prevents road traffic accidents is to be welcomed.

“Parents and residents should be consulted first on their location so that they are not intrusive and are installed in an appropriate place,” she said.

“Air quality and safety is a major issue within this borough and that is why Labour’s decision to grant permission for the “pod” development underneath the flyover at Charlie Brown’s roundabout seems hypocritical.”

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