Dundee City Council is set to press ahead with a £25,000 pedestrianised zone around a primary school that local residents and police say is “not going to work”.
A proposal for traffic control measures around Fintry Primary is one of several projects in the city’s north east to receive funding through Dundee Decides.
However, the council’s current proposal, to create a pedestrian zone, like those on Panmure Street and Commercial Street in the city centre, has been met with resistance.
Fintry Community Council says a one-way system would be easier to manage and enforce.
At a meeting of the community council, chairman Ron Neave said it was “doubtful” the system, adopted by several schools in Edinburgh, would be a success.
He believes a one-way system in the four streets surrounding the school would work better, claiming it would stop drivers from using driveways as turning points.
It may also put an end to stand-offs between motorists in the narrow streets around the school.
He said: “A one-way system would be far cheaper and far better – but that won’t come to pass at this rate.
“To me, it’s the easiest system to implement because the street is virtually a one-way system already because of all the parked cars.”
Police enforcement would be required on school days to ensure the pedestrianised system is adhered to. It is thought that as many as eight officers would be needed.
PC Lynsey Jackson, representing Police Scotland at the meeting on Monday night, said getting eight officers down to Fintry every morning was unlikely.
“It’s not going to work. We won’t be able to police a stopping system,” she said.
“It’s easier to send two cops down there to do speed checks if there are any concerns about speeding in a one-way system, rather than eight to monitor the stopping area.”
Mike Welsh, communities officer with Dundee City Council, said he would look to set up a meeting with transport boss John Berry.
“John is open to the local community sharing ideas,” he said.