ROADS around the new Netherthird Primary School are to be closed to vehicles at the start and end of the school day when it opens next month.

It is part of a trial of the  School Streets initiative, which is already in operation at other primary schools in East Ayrshire.

The scheme was orignally set to be rolled out last year when the school was planned for opening in October.

After the school opening being pushed back until after the new year, the initiative was pushed back with it.

Netherthird Primary School is now due to open to pupils on Monday, February 20, and the trial will be in place by then.

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During the restricted periods - weekdays at school opening and closing times - only permit holders, blue badge holders, school transport vehicles (including contracted taxis) and exempted vehicles will be able to drive on the affected roads.

Roads around the school are set to be closed from 8.40am to 9.05am and again from 2.45pm to 3.15pm during the school term.

Residents in the streets affected will be classified as 'permit holders' and will be issued with two free permits per household for their vehicles so that they can access their property at any time of day.

Cumnock Chronicle: Information for the opening day posted on the Netherthird Primary School Twitter pageInformation for the opening day posted on the Netherthird Primary School Twitter page (Image: Netherthird Primary School)

For parents of children at Netherthird Primary who normally drive to school, East Ayrshire Council says that the Netherthird Community Centre car park can be used as a 'park and stride' facility, with parents and their children able to walk the short distance between the car park and the school.

The trial was initially set to last until the February mid-term, but given that pupils start the school after this point, it's expected the trial could run until the summer holidays.