Our school has been chosen along with Godwin to be among the first in the borough to implement a Healthy School Streets scheme. This is a great opportunity for the school with clear benefits for pupils, staff, and local residents.
The scheme came into effect on 11th November 2019.
Newham Council have information on the scheme.
How does it work?
Sections of Sebert Road, Cranmer Road, and Godwin Road are closed to motor vehicles on school days at the following times:
- From 08:30 until 09:30
- From 15:00 until 16:00
You can view a map of the scheme by clicking on this link.
The roads are not physically closed are enforced by ANPR cameras which can identify number plates and issue fixed penalty notices (FPN) accordingly. There are some exemptions:
- Residents living on the sections that are closed are able to apply for an exemption in order to leave or return to their properties
- Blue badge holders are able to use the sections as normal
- Staff will be able to get exemptions in order to commute to and from the school as some live a considerable distance from the school
Note that having a regular FGN parking permit is not sufficient during the times that the closures are in operation. You will be issued with a FPN if you drive through the zone, whether you stop or not.
If you do have an exemption, please ensure you drive very slowly and be aware that pupils and other pedestrians and cyclists may not be expecting motor vehicles.
What are the benefits?
- Studies show that children are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their trips to and from school and during the school day. Removing motor traffic at the start and end of the school day will significantly reduce the air pollution around the school.
- Children who travel to school on foot, by scooter, or by bike are getting regular exercise and arrive at school much more ready to learn and participate.
- School staff are having to waste time managing traffic and dealing with parents who park inconsiderately or leave engines idling immediately outside the school. This is tiring for staff and stops them doing more useful tasks or interacting with pupils and parents.
- The atmosphere around the school during drop-off and collection times is sometimes intimidating and occasionally confrontational. Children and parents have to be continually vigilant for drivers making unexpected manoeuvres, passengers opening doors onto the pavement, etc.
Does this work?
Yes! There are already successful School Streets schemes running in boroughs across London and the UK. In London alone, schemes are either already in place or planned in:
Brent, Camden, Croydon,Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster
Here is a video about a scheme in Hackney:
Some further sources to read more on Healthy School Streets and the positive impact this will have for Woodgrange and the surrounding area: