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Harrow Council confirm Marlborough School Street Scheme ‘will not be reinstated’

Following a public consultation, the Marlborough School Street Scheme made permanent by Harrow Council in February this year, will not be reinstated.

School Streets were initially designed to reduce traffic and congestion around the school entrance for approximately an hour at the start and end of the school day.

The scheme was suspended in July as the Summer Holidays started with a ten week consultation held to determine its future.

A letter issued by Harrow Council to local residents said: “I am writing to you with the outcome of the consultation on the future of the Marlborough School Street Scheme and what happens now.

“The 10-week consultation closed on 9 October 2022, and we received 210 responses.

“Some two-thirds (66%) of respondents (139/210) said they lived within the school scheme, or on surrounding roads. 16% of respondents (34/210) said they had children at the school.

“62% of all responses (131/210) said they did not wish the scheme to continue. From respondents who either live on the school street, or the surrounding roads 86% (120/139), said they did not wish the scheme to continue.

“60% of all respondents (128/210) felt parking and congestion was worse on other roads since the scheme was implemented.

“As a result, councillors have agreed that the Marlborough School Street Scheme – which has been suspended since school ended for summer on 21 July – will NOT be
reinstated.

“This means that the cameras will not be turned back on, and in due course, the street furniture and signage associated with the school street scheme will be removed. You will not have to apply for permits and all motorists will be able to drive along the former street scheme area at all times.

Harrow Council confirm Marlborough School Street Scheme ‘will not be reinstated’ Harrow Online

“It is important to remember that this does not mean that the roads are without safety issues that need to be addressed. We will be reviewing the area as part of a wider school’s safety programme for 2023/24 to see how we can improve safety and air quality for the children using the school.

“We will continue our discussions with the school, and we will notify you in due course when we have any new proposals to share with you.”