A new school streets scheme is set to be piloted for two primary schools in Oldham.

Oldham Council shared that a new school streets pilot scheme will be introduced at Hey with Zion Primary School and St Edwards RC Primary School, which are both based on Rowland Way in Lees.

The council said online and in person workshops were held last week with parents of students and residents to discuss the changes and answer any questions.

Both of the schools are "fully supportive" of the introduction of the scheme according to the council.

It comes after residents near the two schools complained last year about the "out of control" situation during school pick up times on the nearby streets, with residents mentioning intimidation and even violence due to the issues.

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A school street is a road, or section of a road, which becomes closed to cars for between 30 and 60 minutes around school drop-off and pick-up times.

A “pedestrian and cycle only zone” is enforced outside the front of the school, according to the Oldham Council website.

Only those with homes or businesses within this zone will be able to drive through during the times around the school day’s beginning and end.

Blue badge holders will also be exempt, alongside automobiles like emergency vehicles, postal service vehicles, and public transport.

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So far, there are two permanent school streets in Oldham: St Anne's C of E Aided Primary School on Ormerod Avenue in Royton and Buckstones Primary School on Delamere Avenue in Shaw.

Hey with Zion and St Edwards are adjacent to each other and sit in a largely residential area of Lees.

The council did not specify when the pilot scheme would start or how long it would last for.