A BAN on vehicles at drop-off and pick-up times may be the only way to resolve the "acute" traffic problems outside Donibristle Primary School.

Local councillor Dave Dempsey wants Fife Council to consider it as an option after "years and years" of complaints by residents on Morlich Road in Dalgety Bay.

His motion at the South and West Fife area committee, calling for a solution, was passed unanimously last week.

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Cllr Dempsey said: "We have lots of problems with traffic around primary schools in general but Donibristle, which is at the end of a cul-de-sac, has acute problems in the mornings in particular and going home time.

Dunfermline Press: Donibristle Primary School in Dalgety Bay.Donibristle Primary School in Dalgety Bay. (Image: Google Maps)

"This has dragged on for years and years and I've been contacted more than once by residents who are basically fed up.

"We've talked before about lines, police visits and parking attendants but nothing has worked so it's time we did something that will actually solve the problems."

The section of Morlich Road that leads to the school has yellow zig zag lines with 'school keep clear' markings but Cllr Dempsey said parking problems have persisted. His motion asks council officers to look at the "resource implications" of alleviating the traffic problems and report back to the April meeting of the committee.

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Cllr Dempsey said they should consider "the banning of traffic from the straight section of Morlich Road leading up to the school, at times when pupils are out and about except for a limited number of permit holders".

The council have been trialling 'traffic exclusion zones' outside three primary schools in Fife and, if successful, it could be rolled out across the Kingdom. In those areas, no vehicles are permitted at drop-off and pick-up times with the aim of keeping children safe, cutting car journeys and encouraging pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to class.

Dunfermline Press: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay councillor Dave Dempsey.Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay councillor Dave Dempsey. (Image: Fife Council)

Cllr Dempsey added: "I appreciate there's a pilot scheme that's going to report at some point but I feel we have to do something now.

"We've tinkered around the edges and achieved no result at all. It's time we did something and got a result."

Cllr Patrick Browne seconded the motion and said: "This is a long running issue.

"As always it seems to calm down over the course of a school year but when we have new guardians starting to drop their kids off at school the problems come back again.

"I think we need a permanent solution."