PLANS to ban CCTV parking cameras near schools have been opposed by campaign groups and local authorities.

The Local Government Association (LGA) says the ban will do little to reduce the number of tickets given to drivers breaking the law, but would put schoolchildren at risk and worsen road safety.

Instead of a CCTV ban, the LGA has urged the Government to create a working group of councils, charities, road safety campaigners and motoring groups to re-write the current parking guidance and revise the rules on the use of CCTV.

If the Department for Transport ban were to be passed, City of York Council would have to get rid of the camera car it bought in February.

The call to keep CCTV has also been backed by organisations including the National Association of Head Teachers, road safety charity Brake, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.