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DRIVERS caught parking on zigzags outside schools will face paying £70 after plans to bring in two snooping cameras were approved.

Two cameras, costing £54,000, will be used from the autumn term for 30 minutes before a school day starts and for the 30 minutes at the end.

Anyone caught by the cameras will be served a penalty notice of £70 – reduced to £35 if paid in 14 days.

Yesterday a last-minute bid to give people a warning the first time they are caught was rejected by Councillor Jim Fleming, cabinet member for traffic and transportation.

Cllr Lee Hunt, a Lib Dem, said: ‘I think people need to be cautioned first time.’

He added: ‘We don’t want to be seen as a council that comes down on the people that we represent.’

But Cllr Fleming said: ‘The education route has been attempted, the engagement route has been attempted, we don’t have the resources to put an enforcement officer at every school.

‘This isn’t about making money, it really isn’t, but it’s about taking a stand and saying we’re not accepting this any more.’

He said unlike a grace period when bus lane cameras were put in, children’s safety meant a strong message had to be given.