Using your Compass Card to access parking in restricted School Streets

You may have heard of the imminent launch of School Streets – an initiative starting in September in Brighton & Hove to temporarily restrict motor vehicle access near school entrances during school opening and closing times.  Blue Badge holders are exempt from these road closures and will be permitted access to park/drop-off/pick-up children.  PaCC and Amaze flagged concern with Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) around the potential impact of this change on SEND families who do not hold a Blue Badge.  Changes to their journey to school, coming at a time when SEND children and young people may already feel anxious about returning after so much time away, risks causing unnecessary distress and potentially danger if nearby roads are busy.

We are therefore pleased that BHCC have now agreed Compass Card holders will also be permitted access to the closed streets to park/drop-off/pick-up children at school.  This is being included in information updates on the scheme and in briefings to the street marshals who will be in place as the scheme launches.

If your child attends one of the 14 schools affected, please ensure you carry your Compass Card with you on your journey and show the Card to the marshal to gain access to park.  If your family does not have a Compass Card but you are concerned about the impact on your child’s journey, the headteacher or SENCO at your school will be able to give you a letter (on school letterhead paper) granting access to the closed street which you can then show to the marshals.  You should contact your school ASAP to ask for this.

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